War Machine Released from Bellator MMA Contract After Allegedly Assaulting Girlfriend

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 8, 2014
War Machine, pictured here with girlfriend Christy Mack, has been released by Bellator. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com

Bellator MMA has released War Machine after learning that the welterweight is wanted by Las Vegas for his part in an altercation that sent two people to the hospital.

According to a report by TMZ, War Machine is a “primary suspect” in a three-person altercation that occurred early Friday morning at the fighter’s Las Vegas residence that he shares with porn star girlfriend Christy Mack. Although police have not released the names of the victims, both of whom were sent to the hospital, one was described to TMZ as War Machine’s “significant other.”

War Machine, formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, has been quite open about his relationship with Mack on social media since the two began dating. Recently, Mack has been seen cageside for a few of the two-time UFC veteran’s fights.

While Las Vegas authorities have been unable to contact War Machine on Friday, the allegations were enough for his employer to sever all ties with the fighter.

“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 President Scott Coker said in a statement.

War Machine has had several run-ins with the law in the past, and was most recently arrested in 2010 for assault with a deadly weapon at a San Diego bar. He has been jailed twice, once in August 2010 and again in February 2012.

The welterweight fought three times for Bellator in 2013, besting Blas Avena and Vaughn Anderson in his first two outing with the promotion before falling to Ron Keslar this past October.
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