UFC Legend Chuck Liddell Spotted Breaking Up Fights At Huntington Beach Protests
UFC legend Chuck Liddell has been spotted breaking up fights in Huntington Beach, California during protests against the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota last week despite pleading to officers that he could not breathe when being restrained.
Protests have broken out across the United States and news station ABC7 picked up Liddell attempting to 'keep the peace' in his community.
The footage above shows footage of 'The Iceman' trying to 'break up fights' with some even attempting to challenge him.
However, those around Liddell help calm the situation and the former MMA star explained he was also disturbed by the incident involving Floyd.
"It's good to see people defending their city, it's just terrible. Violence begets violence," said Liddell.
"Violence doesn't help anybody.
"We all know what happened was wrong, everybody I know thinks it was wrong it was hard to watch, but this is is not helping."
The 50-year-old goes on to explain he is in favour of protests but thinks 'destroying and hurting' people is not the way to do it.
"Destroying cities, destroying people, hurting people, does not do any good for anybody.
"Hey, protest all you want, but do it peacefully..."
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Derek Chauvin, the officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Liddell last fought in the UFC in 2010 but made a short-lived return for Golden Boy Promotions.
He was defeated by longtime rival Tito Ortiz in 2018 before announcing his retirement for a second time in March this year.
Liddell is not the first sports star to be caught up in protests in California as former NBA champion J.R. Smith saw his neighbourhood involved.
TMZ Sports released footage which shows Smith assaulting a man who had allegedly vandalised his truck.
The 34-year-old addressed the video on social media and stated the attack was not racially motivated and that the individual had broken the window of his truck during protests.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers star explained: "I just want you all to know right now before you all see this sh** somewhere else. One of these little motherfu**kin white boys didn't know where he was going and broke my fu**ing window in my truck.
"Broke my s***. This is a residential area, no stores over here none of that s***.
"I chased him down and whooped his a**, so if the footage come out and you all see it, I chased him down and whooped his a**. He broke my window. This ain't no hate crime.
"I ain't got no problem with people who ain't got a problem with me, the problem is with the motherf**kin system, that's it.
JR Smith responds to the video of his encounter with a looter.
Real one. pic.twitter.com/WXhwnOxn9I
- Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) May 31, 2020
"The motherf**ker broke my window and I whooped his ass, he didn't know whose window he broke and he got his ass whooped.
"Just so y'all see it later, I'm telling y'all now."
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