UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was arrested early Monday morning in Los Angeles after an alleged domestic violence incident.
TMZ Sports was first to report Liddell’s arrest. The 51-year-old former light heavyweight champion was booked for misdemeanor domestic battery at the Lost Hills Sheriff Station after an alleged incident between Liddell and his wife in Hidden Hills, Calif.
Lost Hills police were called to respond to a family disturbance at the 24000 block of Jim Bridger Road at approximately midnight local time. It was then determined that a verbal argument became physical. Liddell is married to Heidi Northcott, and the couple have two children together. Northcott did not require medical attention, according to the report.
Liddell released a statement regarding the incident on Monday evening, where he claimed that he was the victim of an assault from his wife, and that he volunteered to go with authorities in her place.
Liddell's statement is as follows:
Last night the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputies who responded were professional. While the information about his case will be revealed in due course, I believe it is important to convey and clarify a few facts about the situation.
I was the victim of the incident last night at our family him, as details of the case will reveal. The deputies informed me that my wife would be arrested, as I did not respond to her assault while I sustained bruising and lacerations. I volunteered to go in her place.
This was one of the many times I have tried to shield a family mental health issue from the public purview. It has become painfully apparent that this cannot continue, as our private life has now reached a public breaking point. Please respect our privacy as I help to navigate our family through this difficult time.
Liddell’s bail has been set at $20,000, and he is set to appear in Van Nuys Court in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Liddell is listed at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds on his booking sheet.
Known as “The Iceman,” Liddell was one of the UFC’s most popular fighters during his heyday as 205-pound champion. After an eight-year retirement, Liddell returned at a Golden Boy MMA-promoted event, where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Tito Ortiz on Nov. 24, 2018.
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