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“War Machine” Facing a Possible Seven Years in Prison

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that TUF Season 6 veteran Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver has appeared in front of a Superior Court judge this week and is facing felony assault and battery charges.

Koppenhaver has been accused of hitting and choking out Darren Zatkow outside of Undisputed, Koppenhaver’s MMA gym, on September 2. Here are some notes from the article:

He said he was confronted by a group of men without shirts who surrounded him as he left the club. He said he was grabbed in a carotid choke hold and dragged a few feet from his friends by one of the men. Zatkow said he did not see who grabbed him from behind.

Zatkow, who practices martial arts but has never competed in tournaments, said he became unconscious 10 seconds after he was choked and regained consciousness moments later.

Friends of Zatkow’s who testified said he was punched in the face while he lay unconscious on the ground. Zatkow, however, said he was not aware of the punch until after he became conscious and felt the pain in his face.

A Detective for the San Diego Police Department stated in the article that a Las Vegas doctor determined Zatkow has suffered four fractures to his left-eye socket in the assault.

Prosecutor David Williams told reporters that if the case goes to trial and “War Machine” is convicted, he will face a maximum sentencing of seven years in prison.

Read the entire article HERE.

(Thanks to MMAJunkie)