UFC fighter Chuck Liddell endorses Matt Kokkonen

Matt Kokkonen, running to replace Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, has been endorsed by Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell.

Liddell, a Cal Poly graduate and resident of San Luis Obispo, is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion.

"I'm proud to have The Iceman's endorsement, " Kokkonen said. "Endorsements by real local heroes like Chuck Liddell mean a great deal more than endorsements from politicians who got California, the cities, and the counties into our current financial morass."

Blakeslee has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and is considered a good bet to run for state Senate, should Abel Maldonado, who currently holds the local senate seat, be confirmed as lieutenant governor in February.