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War Machine to Be Extradited to Nevada for Alleged Christy Mack Assault

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John HeinisSenior Analyst IAugust 21, 2014

Embattled ex-Bellator welterweight War Machine will be extradited back to Nevada prior to standing before a jury of his peers regarding the alleged beating of porn star ex-girlfriend Christy Mack, as well as her new love interest—Corey Thomas. 

The Associated Press, via the Boston Herald, reported this afternoon that War Machine, formerly Jon Koppenhaver, waived extradition in Ventura County Superior Court—agreeing to transfer back to Nevada before his case is heard.

"Prosecutors in Las Vegas filed multiple felony battery, assault and coercion charges that could get Koppenhaver a total of more than 25 years in prison if he is convicted. He also faces a misdemeanor lewdness count involving the groping of Mack," the report stated.

Although he has already pleaded his innocence in the matter, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's report on the matter tells a different story (report contains NSFW and graphic descriptions).

In short, authorities said that Koppenhaver beat Thomas until he was bleeding "profusely," which is when the pro fighter focused his attention on Mack—punching her in the face and kicking her in the ribs once she hit the ground. 

While War Machine will have his day in court to explain what happened in Mack's home on August 9, her injuries are indisputably very serious and very real.

War Machine has previously served jail time for a particularly violent bar brawl in San Diego that took place in 2010, per TMZ Sports

As TMZ Sports also revealed, War Machine is currently facing seven criminal charges for his alleged assault—five of which are felonies. 

The Associated Press reports it is unclear if War Machine has retained legal counsel in this matter yet.

 

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

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