Jon ‘War Machine’ Koppenhaver Convicted on 29 Counts, Could Face Life in Prison

March 20, 2017

UFC veteran Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, 35, on Monday was convicted on 29 counts. He faces the possibility of life in prison. War Machine is now Koppenhaver’s legal name, though he used his birth name in court proceedings.

The former Bellator fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 6 contestant faced 32 charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault, and attempted murder stemming from an altercation between him, his former girlfriend Christy Mack, and a male acquaintance of Mack’s, Corey Thomas. The incident took place at Mack’s Las Vegas home.

War Machine was arrested by U.S. Marshalls and local law enforcement officers on Aug. 15, 2014, in Simi Valley, Calif., after having fled Las Vegas sometime after the Aug. 8 attack involving Mack and Thomas.

A Las Vegas jury on Monday found War Machine guilty of kidnapping and sexually assault, among other charges, according to the Associated Press. Jurors were deadlocked on two attempted murder charges, but found him guilty on 29 of the 32 charges. As such, he faces sentencing of up to life in prison.

Jon Koppenhaver - War MachineAlthough War Machine had initially pleaded not guilty to all counts, his attorney, Jay Leiderman, admitted during trial to at least 8 of the lesser counts, which included domestic battery charges.

Mack testified that War Machine had threatened to take her out to the desert and kill her in a previous altercation because people saw her trying to escape, but his attorney argued heavily against attempted murder charges in his closing argument. 

According to the Associated Press, “Leiderman suggested that the jury never learned many things about the August 2014 attack at Mack’s home, including Koppenhaver’s state of mind, and therefore could not know if he intended to commit a crime.”

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He went on to characterize War Machine as a “raging bull,” and claimed that he had suffered brain injuries from his mixed martial arts career. Leiderman added that War Machine suffered the side effects of steroids and non-prescription stimulant and anti-depressant drugs that could have caused his mood swings and violent tendencies. 

War Machine fought 19 times as a professional mixed martial artist, amassing a 14-5 record. He fought one time during The Ultimate Fighter (which is categorized as an exhibition) and then twice after the series under the UFC banner. His fighting career ended in 2013 following a three-fight stint with Bellator.

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  • TheCerealKiller

    Don’t they dare start blaming his crazy on MMA brain injuries, this dude was already nuts!

  • austinsnowman

    This dangerous sociopath should be executed.

    • Pfffffff

      Autistic snowman is upset that his favourite jerkoff meat is no longer on her knees for Shlomo.

  • uncle

    War Machine is the Chris Benoit of MMA

    • McGraw

      Not even close. Benoit was well respected who had brain damage that led to his actions. War Machine is just a compete sociopath who has a history of assault and jail time.

      • uncle

        That doesn’t matter what they done was both horrendous.

        • McGraw

          It does matter when you make comparisons from two completely different people.

      • Hurthle

        No proof Benoit ever suffered drain bamage. He also had a history of taking steroids, just like War Machine. Just call both roid rage.

        • McGraw

          Doctors did scans on his brain where his brain was completely damaged which led to his actions. Roid rage did not play a factor. You’re too caught up in the media. All the evidence is out there.

          • Hurthle

            Benoit was using steroids all of his adult life dude. Funny how all that suddenly came up after he strangled his son and wife to death.

          • McGraw

            Steroids wasn’t even found in his body even after he died. Weak argument. Try again!

  • Pfffffff

    The moral of the story is, if you’re going to beat a whore in California, make sure you kill her xD. I saw some Jew get 60days for raping over 40 children last week… So life in prison for giving a cumdumpster a smack?…

    • George Sperry

      Are you part of trumps cabinet?

    • Hurthle

      Mooslime?

  • Roscoe Gauldin

    huh……i thought maybe the judge would have cut him a break knowing that he had his name legally changed to war machine. seems like a perfectly sane human being.

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  • D-Cheese

    Enjoy a lifetime of ass rapes.

    • TheCerealKiller

      Yeah, but he’ll be the one giving the ass rapes.

      • NoMoreElbows

        I’m not so sure about that. He’s looked pretty emaciated from what i saw in the videos.

  • Collideoverme

    He definitely needs to be buried about 10 feet underground

  • NoMoreElbows

    So when is the sentencing?

    • McGraw

      in June.

  • Darin

    This dude has always been his own worst enemy. I bet he was mean mugging the jury for the whole trial. He’ll probably threaten the judge at his sentencing.

  • mmalivesz

    Damn, War Machine did what was right. Mack’s P U * * Y was on Corey’s stiff D * * K. He came home and saw that. Got pissed. Can’t blame the guy for his actions. Human nature to get even with a good old A S S whippin. Dude was a little nuts, but a decent MMA fighter. More than the CLOWN called Mcnugget’s/ Mctapper.

    As for ass rapes. War Machine will be the ones giving them. If not, he more than likely choke or break some fools arms/legs off. Might even put someone 10 feet under. Would not want to be this guy’s cell mate for sure. 1 false move and your dead.