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Attorney: War Machine ‘is a good guy,’ did nothing illegal

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The statement and photos released by Christy Mack as well as the evidence in the police report paint War Machine as negatively as possible, but the MMA fighter’s attorney says that does not represent the full story in the alleged assault.

War Machine, real named Jonathan Koppenhaver, was ordered by Ventura County court Tuesday to be returned to Nevada, where he allegedly committed a brutal assault against his girlfriend and another man — Corey Thomas. Though Christy Mack says Koppenhaver beat her and left her with 18 broken bones and a lacerated liver, War Machine’s attorney says the media coverage has been one-sided and incomplete.

“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,” attorney Brandon Sua said via KTLA. “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.”

Sua also told KTLA that War Machine did “nothing wrong.”

Koppenhaver has not given his side of the story yet, though he did send some tweets about the incident. His tweets made it sound like he acted in self-defense. War Machine’s brother also gave an interview and said War Machine caught Christy Mack having sex with another man and that Mack grabbed a knife.

We did find one inconsistency in Mack’s statement: she identified Thomas as just a friend, while Thomas called her his girlfriend and said they’d been dating for 2-3 months.



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  • Mike Gannome

    A “good guy” who has previous convictions for battery, beat Christy many times before and was even abusing a woman at the hotel he was hiding in. Even if she grabbed a knife, she probably was disarmed quickly and most of the beating was administered to her while she was without a knife.

  • qwkinuf

    Little argument can be made disputing the fact that Koppenhaver is a violent psychopath who needs to be removed from society. Look closely at the history of his physical actions, behavior, tweets and blogs. He clearly exhibits all of the traits of psychopathy.

    Lack of and fake presentation of remorse or guilt.
    Grandiose self-perception.
    Superficial charm.
    Manipulation of others.
    Poor behavior control.
    Sexual promiscuity.
    Early behavior problems.
    Impulsive and Irresponsible.
    Lying when it suits his needs.
    Constant need for stimulation.
    Shallow emotional reactions to serious injuries of others.
    Parasitic on others.
    Never fully admits to being wrong or owning up to mistakes.
    Criminal versatility and errors in judgment.
    Manipulating others in an attempt to cause them to view him as a ‘poor injusticed victim’ thus rendering them vulnerable for future exploitation.
    Prone to belittle, humiliate, mistreat, mock and physically attack people.

    Among the other evidence which includes his past repeated incarceration
    for violent crimes, his blatant disregard for and fleeing from the law, his
    contempt towards the courts and judges (he referred to Judge Valerie Adair as a ‘B***H!’ in his twitter account), lack of success with rehabilitation
    treatments, statements that he would ‘kill’ his girlfriend if they separated and referring to another human being as ‘property’, ‘he would be more than happy to smash or kill people,’ and ‘Me being the Alpha Male, Spartan, SAVAGE that I am…';

    Koppenhaver further posts on his Twitter account his premeditated intention to take out others before committing suicide. “When I am ready to die, I will kill many and I will then kill myself and I will tape it. It will be rad.” “But before I die, I’m gonna take a lot of people out first…Trust that.”

    He was also caught inappropriately behaving with MMA fighter Ken Shamrock’s 17 year old daughter later abandoning her in Mexico. Needless to say, Koppenhaver has been avoiding the father as Mr. Shamrock can easily over-power him.

    And now that he realizes he has few options for the violently brutal crimes
    he committed against an ex-girlfriend and another victim, he once again
    attempts manipulation through claims of an unjust world and it is he who is the victim; this without displaying empathy or remorse for his severe criminal actions. It is the over-whelming characteristic of psychopathy.

    Perhaps even more tragic is his family’s denial. His brother’s statements to
    the media denying or minimizing the violent criminal behavior indicates that
    their support amounts to empowerment instead of recognizing the need for long term mandatory psychological treatment.

    Because there are few actual medical treatments for psychopathy, this
    individual should be safely incarcerated for an extensive period of years and be therapeutically treated as well as any psychopath can be.

    There is no doubt that he will continue to commit serious violent crimes
    whether inside or outside of prison.