A former UFC fighter may be going to jail for the rest of his life after savagely attacking his former girlfriend and a male friend in her home.
Former MMA fighter War Machine, whose violent tendencies propelled him to a measure of fame and fortune before ultimately leading to his downfall, is going to jail for a long, long time.
On Monday, a Las Vegas jury found the 35-year-old guilty of 29 felony counts related to attacks on his ex-girlfriend, the porn star Christy Mack, and a male friend of hers. Though jurors convicted War Machine of kidnapping, sexual assault and battery, among other things, they deadlocked on two attempted murder charges. Still, War Machine, who legally changed his name from Jon Koppenhaver in 2008, could go to jail for the rest of his life.
The charges against War Machine stem from an attack on Mack and her friend, Corey Thomas, who was in bed with her when the former UFC and Bellator fighter showed up to her home early one August morning. After assaulting Thomas, who said on the witness stand that War Machine broke his nose and dislocated his shoulder, the fighter, who’d last entered the cage in October of 2013, turned his attention to Mack.
War Machine (his legal name) is a perfect example of when using a firearm to overcome a size or skill discrepancy would be easily justified in self-defense against an “unarmed” man.
If the male victim, Corey Thomas, or the female victim, Christy Mack, had been able to acquire a firearm when War Machine began his attack, they might have been able to stop him with lethal force, and prevented serious injuries to both parties.
War Machine showed no remorse during the trial, and even laughed at Mack when she testified against him.
He will hopefully never see the outside of a prison ever again.