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.”
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