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Back to jail for War Machine; Bellator debut called off

War Machine’s Bellator debut has been put on hold after the controversial competitor was sentenced to a year in jail earlier this week. The charge stems from an case unrelated to the one causing him to serve a similar sentence previously.

Machine (a.k.a. Jon Koppenhaver) confirmed the news of his impending sentence on his Twitter account, writing, “Seems my year in jail wasn’t enough. Just got sentenced to another year in Vegas for some old bullsh*t. Nevermind I’m rehabilitated. Nevermind I’ve been out for over six months now and doing great and am finally back on my feet. Nevermind all my students that will miss me. Do another year and rot n waste time. Make no money, pay no taxes.”

The 12-4 30-year old was released from jail in July after serving a year for an assault charge.

After defeating Roger Huerta in his return fight this past November, Machine was signed by Bellator to compete in the upcoming sixth season welterweight tournament. He was slated to face Karl Amoussou in the opening round. Bellator has yet to comment on the situation.


  • Lord Faust says:


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  • That sucks though…..I dont know what he did this time, but if he’s really tryin to get it together I feel for the guy…if not.. eh, quit fuckin up.

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  • G-DUB says:

    One would assume from the above that he’s being sent back to jail for a separate incident that transpired prior to his first stint in jail. If that’s the case, I do feel genuine sympathy for him. Perhaps he is truly rehabilitated and this is just a tremendous waste of an individual making a positive difference in people’s lives?
    On a brighter note, new opening UFC PPV montage and music! Thought I would never live to see the day.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I believe he received a chunk of probation time from a 2008 assault incident in Vegas. Perhaps this sentencing is related to a violation of that (since he was arrested for similar behavior afterwards)?

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  • Rece Rock says:

    so much for a second coming… best of luck and I’m guessing this is goodbye from mainstream mma.

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  • MickeyC says:

    What no work release in Vegas?HAHA. Sucks to be shelved for an old charge. He should have had a lawyer on this while he was in jail. odds are he could have worked a deal for concurrent sentences.

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