On the surface, War Machine exhibits obvious signs of a steroid user.
War Machine, whose real name is Jon Koppenhaver, is massive and has unnatural looking muscles. He has veins coming out of everywhere. His muscles have muscles.
On top of that, War Machine seems to have a short fuse and tendency to show aggression. He was arrested for assault five times in a 3-year span from 2009-2011. Ex-girlfriend Christy Mack says he used to beat her weekly. Last week he raged on her and one of her friends, putting Mack in the hospital with severe injuries.
Now War Machine is on the loose and wanted by police, and there is a $10,000 reward offered for his capture. That has led TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter to pursue him.
In an effort to get the word out so he can be aided in his pursuit, Dog has been doing interviews. In an interview with MMA Mania, Dog said he believes War Machine is on drugs and has heard the fighter has a steroids problem.
I think that there is some kind of drug, brother, that is involved, whether it be steroids or some other substance because I hope to God this guy isn’t naturally like this. I don’t think he was drunk. What I found through my initial investigation is that in the last three or four years, his life and personality took a nose dive. That comes from talking to people on both sides — families, neighbors, relatives — we’ve talked to a lot of people already. I think that he needs to turn himself into me, tell his side of the story and get out of whatever is causing him problems. Again, I’ve heard it’s steroids, but whatever, he needs to get in prison, dry out and then maybe come out and be a referee or something.
Dog gave War Machine a warning on Tuesday about time ticking before he would pursue the fighter on the run. Dog said he was close to capturing the fighter. We’ll see how this shakes out.