UFC Legend Chuck Liddell arrested for domestic battery

Chuck Liddell
Chuck Liddell Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Los Angeles, CA – UFC legend and former champion Chuck Liddell was arrested Monday morning on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

TMZ was the first to report the news on Liddell’s arrest.

Liddell, 51, is being held at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station in Augora Hills just outside of Los Angeles, according to the LASD Inmate report. Liddell’s bail is set at $20,000.

According to the TMZ report, police were called to Liddell’s home in Hidden Hills and determined that a verbal argument had turned physical. The alleged victim was Liddell’s wife and it is reported that she did not require medical attention.

Liddell is one of MMA’s biggest stars after a long career where he faced the likes of Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort and had a memorable rivalry with Tito Ortiz. From 2005 to 2007, he reaigned as light heavyweight champion, defending the title four times before dropping the belt to Rampage Jackson. Inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2009, he would retire the following year off a knockout loss to Rich Franklin. Following the fight, UFC President Dana White declared that “The Iceman” would never compete in the UFC again.

He did not. Liddell last fought Ortiz in 2018 for Golden Boy Promotions, however, in a third fight with Tito Ortiz, who he had beaten twice previously. Ortiz won their final meeting, with an aging Liddell suffering another knockout.

Liddell retired in March of 2020. He last appeared as a guest referee in a celebrity boxing match between singer Aaron Carter and former NBA champion Lamar Odom.