First he changes his name legally to War Machine because of a trademark issue with TNA professional pro wrestler Rhino who uses that moniker as his nickname (why does he get to have two nicknames?).
Did the guy have to have the “War Machine” name so bad that he had to get changed to his actual legal name? As if just going by Jon Koppenhaver would have been the worst thing in the world?
Shortly after that he is released from his UFC contract for refusing to fight Brandon Wolff after claiming Wolff was too much of a no name and not worth the trouble to fight him.
Around the same time he had the gall to claim that Evan Tanner’s tragic death was suicide. Saying that although Tanner didn’t shoot himself in the head it was apparent to him Evan had no plans on coming back from that desert excursion.
Next on his hit list was UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, whom War Machine said “Could suck a d**k.” This came on the heels of one of War Machine’s teammates Frank Lester having defeated Rashad’s brother Lance at a small show in New Mexico. He went on to explain that after the fight Lester approached Rashad and told him it was honor to meet him offered his hand, to which Rashad refused. He said Rashad looked Lester up and down made a snide remark and proceeded to walk away.
While I can see him getting upset about having a teammate disrespected there are better ways to go about it. He basically lowered himself down to Rashad’s level with some of the statements he made.
And just when you thought it was all over he comes back with some nasty comments about our new president Barack Obama.
Posting on his myspace page, which has become his favorite outlet to vent his frustrations and absurd comments, War Machine went on a rampage when it came to Obama. He titled the blog “F**k an Obama.” He said he could care less about the new president and called him a “motherf**ker.” Complaining that he was tired of seeing Obama’s face or hearing his name at all times, Koppenhaver said that “the liberals and the blacks are happy about change.”
He proceeded the angry diatribe by referring to Obama as “a rich white guy who will not change anything” and said that Obama “couldn’t understand the plight of most Americans because he was rich before he came into office.” Stating Obama had no idea what it was like to struggle he also called him a “rich f—–.”
Got all of that? Good. Because the best is yet to come.
Bordering on the insane, Koppenhaver said he “hopes someone smokes the motherf**ker and every other president who comes into office until there is an actual leader who is truly one of the people.”
Koppenhaver’s incoherent rantings cost helped get him cut from the UFC but he rebounded nicely by getting a contract with the upstart Bellator Fighting Championships. Bellator had planned to give Koppenhaver a chance to compete in their upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament, which will be televised on ESPN Deportes.
File it away as another blown opportunity by the artist formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver.
“Seems War Machine is being censored again,” Koppenhaver began to say in a recent blog on his infamous MySpace account. “I can’t speak my mind at all without all the faggot higher-ups in the industry getting their panties in a wad. Just how my Evan Tanner bulletin got me kicked out of the UFC it seems that I have been kicked off the Bellator show before it has even begun. Seems they don’t like it when their fighters speak their mind on the politics of the USA and its [expletive]-ass presidents… I’m not changing for anyone or any dollar amount. I could have earned over a quarter million in that tournament but I don’t give a [expletive].”
Apparently “‘War Machine” is someone who doesn’t believe in change or personal growth (and doesn’t understand why advocating the killing of a sitting president is wrong). It’s obvious that he cannot see that his words can hurt people just as much as his hands and feet. I find it funny that he never mentions the fact that the UFC stuck by him even after he was arrested for a felony assault outside of a gym in September of 2007. That was his second chance which most fighters never get to see. This guy blew that opportunity with his own stupid remarks and still was given yet another chance. Once again he blew it — not ESPN, not the UFC — but War Machine. He has no one to blame but himself.
Hopefully we will no longer be subjected to his crass and disrespectful comments. There are plenty of fighters around who would love to have had the opportunities that he has had.