Former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer, Chuck Liddell, has filed for divorce from wife Heidi Northcott just days after an altercation at the couple’s home led to “The Iceman” being taken into custody. TMZ was first to report that Liddell filed paperwork for “dissolution with minor children” at a courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday.
The couple have been together for a decade and have two children together. Liddell was arrested earlier in the week and released on $20,000 bond after charges of “domestic battery” were placed against the former professional mixed martial artist.
Following his release from jail Liddell posted on social media, stating that he was the victim but elected to go with the police so his wife could stay with the children. Heidi was cited by police but was not required to report to jail.
“I was the victim of the incident last night at our family home, as details of the case will reveal” Liddell said in his statement. “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.”
Liddell, 51, boasted a pro MMA record of 21-9. His last face was a trilogy bout against fellow former champion Tito Ortiz. The fight took place under the Golden Boy Promotions banner and would see Ortiz get his revenge and hand raised over Liddell.