War Machine, formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, was arrested last Friday in California on a felony charge of being a fugitive from justice in relation to an attack on his ex-girlfriend and her friend on Aug. 8 in Las Vegas.
War Machine appeared before a Ventura county court on Tuesday and did not contest his extradition from California back to Nevada, where the alleged incident took place.
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The former Bellator fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 6 contestant was wanted in connection to an alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend, adult film star Christy Mack, and a male, Corey Thomas, at her residence in Las Vegas that left Mack hospitalized with severe injuries.
Mack claims that War Machine attacked Thomas, punching him several times before forcing him to leave her residence, and then turned on her. She says he struck her numerous times, forced her to undress and shower, unsuccessfully attempted to rape her, and threatened her with a knife before she escaped, running naked from her home to a neighbor’s house.
Mack ended up in the hospital. She says she suffered several broken facial bones, numerous contusions, a rupture liver, and other injuries.
The District Attorney’s Office in Clark County, Nevada, informed MMAWeekly.com that a complaint was filed against War Machine, charging him with seven counts. They include battery with substantial bodily harm, battery by strangulation, two counts of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm constituting in domestic violence, open or gross lewdness, assault with a deadly weapon, and coercion with the threat of force.
When appearing in court on Tuesday, War Machine’s attorney, Brandon Sua, said that his client’s case has been represented unfairly in favor of Mack, according to a report by KTLA5.
“The hardest thing for my client is seeing the responses from the media, the public. There’s been a lot of statements on one side,” said Sua. “The media has done a good job of painting my client as a monster, but my client is not a monster. He is a good guy.”
War Machine was arrested on Friday, Aug. 15, in Simi Valley, Calif., in a cooperative effort between Simi Valley Police and U.S. Marshals.