UFC legend Chuck Liddell was arrested early Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau (SIB), officers responded to a home in Hidden Hills, California, regarding a domestic disturbance at about midnight Monday morning. After determining there had been a physical altercation, deputies took Liddell into custody for alleged domestic battery, per the SIB.
Liddell, 51, was released on $20,000 bond around 10 a.m. local time. On Monday afternoon, Liddell released a statement on his Instagram, writing that he was the victim of “the incident,” but volunteered to go in his wife’s place.
Liddell wrote that he sustained bruises and lacerations.
“This was one of the many times I have tried to shield a family mental health issue from the public purview,” Liddell wrote. “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 was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009 and is one of the highest-selling pay-per-view draws in UFC history. He is a former UFC light heavyweight champion with victories over Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva.
Known as “The Iceman,” Liddell retired from the UFC in 2010, but returned to the cage in 2018 for a fight with old rival Ortiz under the Golden Boy Promotions banner. Ortiz knocked Liddell out in the first round. Liddell was stopped by KO/TKO in four straight bouts.