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Bellator signs War Machine…again

It’s not often people are given second chances in life so rest assured War Machine, formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, woke up this morning fully grasping how fortunate he’s been since his release from prison earlier this year.

According to an official press release from Bellator FC, the Ultimate Fighter alumnus turned adult film star turned felon has inked a deal with the organization with the expectation he’ll compete in the Season 6 welterweight tournament. This is the second time Bellator has signed War Machine with the first run ending before it even started when the 30-year old was released due to a number of ignorant statements he made publicly regarding United States President Barack Obama.

However, according to War Machine he’s learned from his mistakes, saying, “My past has kind of shaped and molded who I’ve become, but the mistakes I’ve made in the past have definitely made me realize that I have to avoid certain situations in order to be the type of person I want to be.”

“It’s like I hit the rewind button,” he continued. “I pressed rewind and now I have a chance to get my life back on track. It feels great. Not everyone gets this kind of opportunity. I’m just stoked to be back in the mix here with Bellator. I didn’t get released from Bellator because I sucked. I got released because I was making poor decisions in my life. Right now I’m just out to show the world that I do belong here fighting the best with Bellator.”

The 12-4 Californian won his first fight back since being released after a yearlong sentence for assault charges, stopping Roger Huerta with strikes in the third round of their bout over Thanksgiving weekend. Now that he’s back on track War Machine is ready to prove his worth to the doubters.

“I feel like I belong fighting with the best fighters in the world and Bellator has a bunch of them,” War Machine concluded. “I’m ready to fight the best guys again, and now I have that chance. I’m excited for the chance to prove myself and make up for a lot of the stupid stuff I’ve said and done in the past. I love my family and my teammates and I want to make them all proud of me. I want to show them what I’m truly capable of. I know there are a lot of kids and people I care about there watching me so I need to be a lot more careful about some of the choices I make. I just want to make everyone proud of me.”


  • Kamakosmo says:

    This is ‘news’? War Machine fighting again? No offense but…who gives a shit about this guy?

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    the guy has had so many second chances, and so far only proved himself to be a fucking tool with a sever lack of intelligence. good luck to him though, fight against Huerta was entertaining

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  • G-DUB says:

    Granted he’s well-known for all of the wrong reasons, but controversy brings publicity and, at this point, I don’t know if Bellator can be choosy about what kind of publicity they get. When he’s not losing his mind, he’s actually a pretty relatable, well-spoken guy. By stopping Huerta, he’s earned his spot and we all love a comeback story. Not only do I not take issue with this signing, I’ll go out of my way to watch War Machine fight. Solid decision by Bjorn.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    strangely I had been reading his blogs here n there while he was in prison and continued to follow him when he got out via twitter… I never really cared for the guy and I thought he was a mess BUT something makes me want to see this guy do well… guess it’s the comeback story like GDUB said…

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    I am all for WAR MACHINE coming back stronger than ever, but i see a pattern here by Bjorn with Huerta,Pellegrino,and now WM of getting ex UFC fighters that are questionable(Yoshida)-And making examples of them like they did with Lombard fighting

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    Jay Silva and Doerksen

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