Ken Shamrock on War Machine: “He’s Always Had an Issue with This… He Needs Help”

August 22, 2014

Ken-Shamrock-Cage-Rage-25-450x260Back when War Machine was known as Jon Koppenhaver and was an aspiring fighter, he trained under the guidance of UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock.

The 32-year-old professional fighter was apprehended on Aug. 15 while on the run from authorities, fleeing allegations that he brutally assaulted his ex-girlfriend and adult film star Christy Mack in her Las Vegas home on Aug. 8.

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“The thing that’s sad about this is I started Jon. When he first came into MMA, I’m the one that broke him in in San Diego,” Shamrock recently told

Shamrock says the man he once mentored has always had problems with violence outside of the cage. He recalled an incident that involved his daughter during the time he was training the captured fugitive.

“I had issues with him. My 17-year-old daughter — and Jon was like 20-something-years old — he took her to Mexico and he left her over there. He ended up disappearing, and I haven’t seen him since,” said the founder of the legendary Lion’s Den fight team. “He’s always been hiding from me because he knows that if I catch him, I’ll break his neck.

“He’s always had an issue with this (domestic violence). The guy needs help, and he doesn’t need to be doing it on his own. The court, they need to put him into some sort of rehab where he starts understanding,” continued the mixed martial arts pioneer.

“He needs help. They need to get him off the street because if it wasn’t for the fact that he didn’t have access to another knife, who knows if this girl would be alive right now,” added Shamrock. “He’s bad news.”

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