Just days after Chuck Liddell was arrested for an alleged incident of domestic violence against his wife, Heidi Northcott, the UFC Hall of Famer filed for divorce.
According to TMZ, Liddell filed for “dissolution w/ minor children” on Friday in Los Angeles court. Liddell, 51, and Northcott, 41, have been together for more than 10 years and got engaged in November 2010. They have two young children together.
Liddell’s filing for divorce comes on the heels of his Monday arrest. He was arrested and booked into the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station in Agoura Hills, Calif., on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. He was held on a $20,000 bond and released that same morning.
Initial reports said that police were called to Liddell’s home after an argument between him and Northcott became physical. Northcott was not in need of medical attention when police arrived on the scene.
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Hours after he was released from jail, Liddell issued a statement declaring that he was the victim in the incident and said he chose to go to jail in her place.
“I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal,” Liddell said. “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.”
Neither Liddell nor Northcott have commented on what transpired since Liddell’s initial statement.