Chuck Liddell arrest takes a new turn, ‘Iceman’ claims he was the victim of domestic violence

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Jan 17, 2020; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; UFC former fighter Chuck Liddell receives his hall of fame jacket at weigh ins for UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, headlines of a Chuck Liddell arrest and being jailed for an alleged charge of misdemeanor domestic violence near Los Angeles was a major story in the MMA news cycle. However, an Instagram post last night from the UFC Hall of Famer paints a very different picture of the alleged event.

Liddell, 51, was held at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Agoura Hills, Calif., and his bail was set at $20,000, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In a statement from the department, the Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at Liddell’s home “regarding a family disturbance.”

When the news first broke, the limited details on the incident from local authorities stated, “Upon arrival, deputies determined Chuck Liddell and his wife had been involved in a physical altercation. Mr. Liddell was arrested for domestic battery.”

Chuck Liddell arrest takes a new turn after Instagram response from UFC HOFer

On Monday night, the former UFC light heavyweight champion took to his Instagram account to release a lengthy statement on his side of the story. Claiming, in fact, that he was the victim in this domestic violence altercation and he “volunteered” to be booked on the charges in his wife’s place.

“Last night, the Los Angeles sheriff’s department deputies who responded were professional. While the information about this case will be revealed in due course, I believe it is important to convey and clarify a few facts about the situation,” Liddell wrote. I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, 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 many times I have tried to shield a family mental health issue from the public purview. It has become painfully apparent that I 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 is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys on Wednesday.

Known as “The Ice Man” during his MMA career, Liddell is widely credited with helping to bring the sport into mainstream popularity in the US. He won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2005 with a knockout win over Randy Couture, retired with an overall MMA record of 21-9 with 13 knockouts, and was inducted into the promotion’s Hall of Fame in 2009.

–Field Level Media

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