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Ex-UFC champ Chuck Liddell will not be charged following arrest for domestic violence

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has opted not to move forward with charges against Chuck Liddell or his estranged wife following an alleged domestic violence incident this past Monday.

The former UFC champion was taken into custody after an argument with his wife, Heidi Liddell, allegedly turned physical but prosecutors decided not to press charges against either party.

Liddell was arrested following the incident with his wife being cited by the officers on the scene.

According to the report filed by the D.A.’s office and obtained by MMA Fighting, authorities spoke to Liddell and his wife about the incident along with their daughter, who told prosecutors that her parents were pushing each other during an argument but wasn’t aware how it started. Afterward, Liddell had a red mark on his face and another near his chest, but his wife did not have any physical marks on her.

After he was arrested and released on bond, Liddell issued a statement proclaiming his innocence, claiming he was actually the victim of domestic violence.

“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 in the statement. “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 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.”

Three days after his arrest, Liddell filed for divorce from his wife.