Bellator Releases War Machine Following Allegations that He Assaulted His Girlfriend

August 10, 2014
40 Comments

War MachineMMA fighter War Machine, formerly Jon Koppenhaver, is now also formerly a Bellator fighter following allegations of domestic abuse.

War Machine was reportedly involved in a three-person altercation early Friday morning possibly involving his girlfriend at their Las Vegas home. TMZ Sports first reported the incident, citing Las Vegas police, who said that two of the involved parties suffered severe, but non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital.

One of the victims was described by police as War Machine’s “significant other.”

Police did not release the names of the victims, and the Las Vegas Police Department’s Office of Public Information is closed for the weekend, but it is common knowledge that War Machine has been dating porn star Christy Mack for quite some time.

Although Mack had not been identified as one of the parties, she later tweeted that she had a personal emergency that would keep her from a planned appearance at this weekend’s Art & Ink show at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas.

Police also told TMZ Sports that they had determined War Machine was the primary suspect in the case, but they had been unable to locate him.

Bellator president Scott Coker late Friday issued a statement lending credence to the allegations, saying that the promotion had terminated War Machine’s contract.

“We have a zero tolerance policy here at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence, and after learning of this latest incident involving Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine, Bellator is releasing him from him promotional contract with the organization,” said Coker.

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  • George Sperry

    Steroid rage?

    • bajafox

      He doesn’t do roids, he criticizes fighters that do. Hes actually mostly a vegetarian

      • George Sperry

        Thanks, but Sonnen also criticized others that did steroids.
        But chances are he’s just a scummy wife beater.

        • bajafox

          Sonnen has a history of accusations, WM doesn’t. Don’t let blind hate take the better of you.

          Allegedly.. He hasn’t been charged with anything yet but based on his last tweet I have no reason to think he didn’t do it. I feel for the guy.

          • Pablo Vasquez Jr.

            Just has to many issues missing nuts and bolts if you know what i mean people like this are found jailed on the streets or dead sorry to say i wish him luck

          • bajafox

            Only reason he went to jail last time is because his friends got jumped at a bar and he jumped in to help them. Unfortunately only he was arrested and charged. I don’t know about you, but I would like to know my friends have my back

      • Pablo Vasquez Jr.

        umm vegetarians do steroids too you know

        • bajafox

          Yea that’s true. But there is 0 evidence or history that he is doing it or ever has. Its a baseless accusation

  • snapdad

    this guy shouldn’t have changed his name. its going to be hard to find a job when you have the name war machine on the application

    • Darin

      “Well Mr. Machine, today you will be working on the french fry machine.”

      • snapdad

        lol

      • Pablo Vasquez Jr.

        lol

  • bajafox

    Sad news, I actually like WM. His Twitter account is one of the most entertaining ones there is.

    He tweeted “I can’t believe this, I must be cursed” This incident must have been the reason

  • TheCerealKiller

    When you’re as crazy as this guy, it’s probably not a good idea to date porn stars. “So honey, how was your day? Forget I asked that”.

    • bajafox

      She quit doing porn months ago, according to her

  • Stranger

    I don’t really care that Jon Koppenhaver got cut. Whether he used steroids or not, if he is guilty of domestic violence he should rot in prison.

  • aaron gustaveson

    he walked in on her screwing someone for free.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Source or GTFO.

      • aaron gustaveson

        are you an idiot, a child or a troll? It was a joke dumbshit.

        • TheCerealKiller

          That makes you a troll. Look up the meaning.

          • aaron gustaveson

            so the answer was idiot.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Go upstairs, your mother needs you.

          • aaron gustaveson

            ahh, child then? or maybe child/idiot.

          • TheCerealKiller

            0/10 for your joke. Go to bed, nobody cares about your poor joke.

          • aaron gustaveson

            You upvoted your own post. You know we can see that.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Yep

          • Pablo Vasquez Jr.

            your pretty retarded man

          • mmalive

            Very true man. This guy has a lot of free time to post his crap here. Definitely a LOSER.

    • Wardsize

      He was practicing for an upcoming fight.

  • Maddawgmar

    Well Christy Mack is used to getting her aśs pounded, but not that way…

    • uncle

      War Machine should know better don’t try to
      jump the broom with a chick that jumps bed to
      bed.. And when he get locked up the inmates
      in prison will make him sex machine.

  • uncle

    War Machine and Tito should go bowling together
    They got a lot in common

  • Dragon Kid

    This guy should be in jail for life.

  • CTfightfan

    This reflects badly on the majority of combat athletes. I hope the fighters and others in the industry that do positive things can make it into the news.