Liddell arrested on domestic violence charge
UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff records obtained by ESPN's Marc Raimondi.
Police responded to a call about a fight at Liddell's home in Hidden Hills. Officers determined Liddell and his wife were involved in an alleged verbal argument that turned physical.
The 51-year-old's bail is set at $20,000.
"I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal," Liddell said in a statement. "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, one of the first major Octagon stars, won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2005 with a knockout of Randy Couture. He lost the belt to Quinton Jackson in 2007 and retired in 2010 after going 1-5 to end his career.
In 2018, Liddell briefly ended his retirement to complete a trilogy with Tito Ortiz under Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions banner. Ortiz beat Liddell via first-round knockout.
Liddell and Heidi Northcott have been married since 2010 and have two children together.
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