Hidden Hills, CA – Retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Chuck Liddell was arrested for domestic violence early on Monday but he has claimed he was the victim and he was trying to protect his wife’s privacy.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) responded to a call about a fight on Oct. 11 at Liddell’s home in Hidden Hills, TMZ reported.
Sources said the couple was at a party and got into an argument that turned physical after they arrived home.
Police arrested the UFC legend for domestic violence and booked him in a Los Angeles jail, TMZ reported.
Heide Liddell did not require medical attention.
Liddell was released after his bail was set at $20,000, TMZ reported.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Heidi Liddell was also cited at the scene because police could not determine who had been the aggressor.
After he was released, Liddell released a statement on Instagram in which he claimed he was the victim in the domestic incident and had the bruises and lacerations to prove it.
He said he didn’t get physical with his wife, but when he was told Heidi was going to be arrested, he asked police if he could go instead so she could remain at the house with a minor child who was in the home, TMZ reported.
“I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal,” Liddell wrote in the post. “The deputies informed me that my wife would be arrested, as I did not respond to her assault while I sustained bruises 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,” the post continued. “It has become painfully apparent that this cannot continue, as our private life and now reached a public breaking point.”
He also asked people to respect the family’s privacy, TMZ reported.
Liddell was one of the first big stars in the UFC’s history.
He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009, according to ESPN.
Liddell retired from the UFC in 2010.