Ex-MMA fighter War Machine convicted on 29 of 34 counts of abuse on ex-girlfriend


Former UFC and Bellator MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver — better known as War Machine — was found guilty Monday in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas on 29 of 34 charges for kidnapping, battery and sexual assault.

Koppenhaver, 35, legally changed his name to War Machine during his fighting career but went by his birth name during the two-week trial. He last competed with Bellator in 2013. 

Three charges on Monday ended in a non-guilty verdict. Jurors remained deadlocked, however, on a pair of attempted murder charges, resulting in a mistrial. Koppenhaver will be sentenced on June 5 in Las Vegas. 

The charges stemmed from a brutal 2014 assault of ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her male friend, Corey Thomas, after Koppenhaver found them together in bed. The attack left Mack with a punctured lung and several broken bones. 

Mack, 24, also testified she was beaten and raped in the months before the attack. Thomas claimed that he suffered a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises and bite marks. 

Koppenhaver has remained in custody since his apprehension in 2014 and turned down two plea deals offered by the state of Nevada. In late 2014, he was placed on suicide watch after attempting to take his own life while in custody. 

A welterweight, Koppenhaver posted a 14-5 record and appeared on Season 6 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2007. The former adult film actor has a history of arrests and previously served jail time for assault. 

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