War Machine Facing Life in Prison for Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend Christy Mack

Steven Rondina@srondinaFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2014

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Jonathan Koppenhaver, a mixed martial arts fighter who is accused of brutally beating his porn star girlfriend in Las Vegas and then fleeing to Calif. He was arrested Friday Aug. 29, 2014 in Calif. The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was extradited to Las Vegas Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Koppenhaver is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday on battery, lewdness, assault and coercion charges in the alleged Aug. 8 attack on adult film actress Christy Mack and her male friend at a Las Vegas home. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, File)
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Jon Koppenhaver, also known as War Machine, made his initial court appearance for more than 30 charges, including an attempted murder charge stemming from the alleged attack of his ex-girlfriend, adult film star Christy Mack, and her friend Corey Thomas.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the laundry list of crimes includes "attempted murder, sexual assault, battery, coercion, preventing or dissuading a witness or victim from reporting a crime, and first-degree kidnapping resulting in substantial bodily harm." 

If found guilty, Koppenhaver could be facing life in prison without parole.

The assault on Mack is one of the most heinous out-of-the-cage incidents in the history of MMA. According to a police report, Koppenhaver entered Mack's home on August 8 and found her asleep in bed with Thomas. Koppenhaver attacked Thomas, beating him and sending him out of the house. 

You can read Mack's account of the incident here, though be warned it contains graphic descriptions and images. According to Mack, Koppenhaver proceeded to punch, kick and choke her before cutting her hair off with a dull knife. The police report states that he left the room for the kitchen to get a sharper knife in order to "finish the job," which allowed Mack to flee and find help. Mack states that the attack left her with missing teeth, a broken rib, a ruptured liver and numerous cuts and bruises. 

Koppenhaver went on the run and was caught 10 days later in California.

The embattled former UFC and Bellator fighter has been in trouble with the law for much of his adult life. In 2007, and then again in 2008, Koppenhaver was sentenced to probation stemming from violent charges. He was sentenced to a year in prison in 2010 for a felony assault charge stemming from a night-club fight and would go back to prison in 2012.

Koppenhaver is due back in court on October 17. Keep an eye on Bleacher Report for more news on the case as it becomes available.


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