Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case

Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case

War Machine, who competed on The Ultimate Fighter and also fought for Bellator, was sentenced to 36 years to life by a Clark County (Nev.) District Court judge Monday in a sexual assault and kidnapping case involving his ex-girlfriend Christine Mackinday. And while the case and its grim details have slowly unfolded over the past three years, today, in a Las Vegas courtroom things are finally coming to a close.

Former UFC competitor War Machine received a life sentence Monday, with the possibility of parole after 36 years, for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and a companion of hers.

Defense attorney Jay Leiderman says Koppenhaver will appeal. She said Koppenhaver attempted to rape her at knifepoint, but was unable to do so, and then chopped off her hair.

On Friday, War Machine's attorney pled guilty to eight lesser domestic battery charges in the hopes that it would lessen the punishment.

"I think you have done a lot of good things in the world, but there are consequences and I have to look out for the well-being of the community", Cadish said.

Koppenhaver didn't testify at his two-week trial on 34 charges.

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War Machine was born Jon Koppenhaver but legally changed his name in 2008. He made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007 and had a 14-5 record as a welterweight.

The attack occurred after Koppenhaver arrived unexpectedly at Mack's home. Ms Mack suffered a lacerated liver, broken rib and lost two teeth during the assault.

Koppenhaver hit Mack, left, in the ear with the handle of a kitchen knife, "sawed off" her Mohawk and beat her to the point of blacking out during the two-hour attack.

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Jonathan Koppenhaver, 35, offered an apology full of self-loathing on Monday and said he'd tried to kill himself, but that he has turned to religion while behind bars.

"We're not going to tolerate this kind of violence anywhere in this country, let alone in Las Vegas".

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