UFC legend Chuck Liddell was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery Monday morning at his Southern California home and released later that day on bond.
Deputies responded to the home in Hidden Hills, located in the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles, at about midnight after a report of a family disturbance.
“Upon arrival deputies determined Chuck Liddell and his wife had been involved in a physical altercation,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
Liddell was booked at the Lost Hills Sheriff Station. Jail records indicate he was released on bond.
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Liddell issued a statement Monday afternoon in which he said he was the victim in the case.
“I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal,” he said. “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.”
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Liddell is a former UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion who defended his title five times. He served as an ambassador for the sport since stepping away from competition.
In June 2021, he served as referee during a celebrity boxing match at Showboat Atlantic City between Aaron Carter and Lamar Odom, the former Laker and Clipper.