War Machine fired by Bellator for alleged domestic violence on girlfriend Christy Mack
War Machine was fired by Bellator MMA on Friday after the organization learned that the fighter is wanted by Las Vegas police for an alleged domestic violence incident that landed two people, including his porn star girlfriend Christy Mack, in the hospital.
War Machine, whose real name is Jon Koppenhaver, allegedly beat up his “significant other” and another person early Friday morning. The “significant other” has not been identified but is believed to be Mack.
“We are currently investigating allegations of a domestic dispute that occurred earlier today at approximately 4 a.m. in the 3400 block of Pueblo Way,” a Las Vegas police press release said. “During this incident two people sustained severe but non-life threatening injuries. Detectives are actively investigating this incident. As a result of this investigation, detectives have identified Jonathan Koppenhaver as the primary suspect.”
War Machine (14-5) gained fame in the MMA world via his appearance on the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2007. He kicked around different promotions after being released by the UFC for multiple controversial comments. He has fought three times for Bellator MMA since last year, but the organization released him in light of the allegations.
“We have a zero tolerance policy here at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence, and after learning of this latest incident involving Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine, Bellator is releasing him from him promotional contract with the organization,” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said in a statement sent to Larry Brown Sports and other outlets.
War Machine, who also has had a career in the adult film industry, has a history of violent arrests. From 2007-2010, he was arrested five times for assaults. Las Vegas police is searching for him.
The last tweet he sent seemed ominous:
I can't believe this…I must be cursed.
— War Machine (@WarMachine170) August 8, 2014
Christy Mack’s Twitter account indicates she was involved in the incident. She had been promoting an appearance she was scheduled to make at an Art & Ink show at South Point hotel in Las Vegas, but she sent a note on Twitter Friday saying she wouldn’t be able to attend due to a personal emergency:
— Christy Mack (@ChristyMack) August 8, 2014
Another person on Twitter hinted that Mack and War Machine had broken up. War Machine did not take that tweet well:
That was sent a few hours before the alleged incident.