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Liddell guest stars on 'Bones'

Bones Season 12 Episode 904 LadyList David Boreanaz and Chuck Liddell
'The Iceman' is under investigation on Monday’s episode of ‘Bones’ on FOX.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.

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“The Iceman” and “Bones.” To mixed martial arts fans, it sounds like a fantasy matchup between two of the UFC’s all-time most dominant light-heavyweights, but in the real world, it’s a pairing of a Hall Of Famer and a popular television drama.

The match seems like a natural fit. Chuck Liddell earned his “Iceman” nickname for his cold demeanor in putting his opponent’s lights out, a reputation that made him a major international star. It was a persona that lent itself perfectly to fighting, and also to Hollywood, where Liddell has earned numerous acting roles over the years.

How about the Iceman as a murderer? That’s the possibility being investigated on Monday’s episode of “Bones,” which sees Liddell playing himself as a possible suspect.

“I’m playing myself on there,” Liddell said of his cameo. “It’s a very bad idea.”

In the episode, the team investigates the murder of Charlie McCord, a high school principal with terminal cancer. Eventually, they discover a video of McCord punching Liddell in the face, and bring Liddell in to FBI headquarters for questioning about the incident.

“Bones,” which airs at 8pm ET/PT on FOX, is just the latest credit on Liddell’s acting resume, which includes spots on Entourage, Hawaii Five-0 and Kick-Ass 2. Liddell was even drawn into the long-running cartoon, The Simpsons.

The 43-year-old retired from competition in 2010 after a lengthy reign as the UFC light-heavyweight champion and when he’s not moonlighting as an actor, currently serves as the UFC’s vice president of business development.

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