Former UFC champion Chuck Liddell, 50, was arrested on a domestic violence misdemeanor charge on Monday morning, but said he was the victim.

Liddell said he sustained injuries in the altercation with his wife and volunteered to be arrested in her place.

Liddell said through a statement:

“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.

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.”

The L.A. County Sheriff’s responded to the call in Hidden Hills overnight, and established that an altercation took place.

The UFC hall of famer was later released on $20,000 bond.

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