Adult Performer, MMA Fighter War Machine Headed for Jail
XBiz News Report By Bob Johnson
SAN DIEGO — Adult performer and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter War Machine, aka Jon Paul Koppenhaver , 28, will serve a year in jail after pleading guilty to two felonies and violating probation.
The sentencing is a result of a bar fight he was involved in last March and a 2007 felony assault case, which was later reduced to a misdemeanor.
War Machine — his legal name — debuted as an adult performer in Digital Playground’s yet-to-be-released “Riley Steele Loves War Machine” feature.
The performer was arrested last March after a brawl with bouncers outside of Thruster’s Lounge in Point Loma.
It was reported that after the altercation with police he ran from the scene, was apprehended and had a “spit bag” put over his head indicating that he was getting aggressive with oral fluids.
He was also involved in a scuffle with a female bartender at Last Day Cocktails in February after she questioned his War Machine I.D.
A report on SignOnSanDiego said because War Machine has a professional fight scheduled for July 9, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Danielsen gave him a July 16 surrender date to be booked and begin his year-long sentence. If he doesn’t show he could be sentenced to five years in jail.
Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon said War Machine must serve the entire year in jail, as a condition of the plea agreement and he agreed not to ask for additional time in custody at a hearing scheduled for August 12 if War Machine complies with the order, the report said.
War Machine’s attorney Cole Casey commenting on the Thruster’s incident said that the performer is a recognized name in the mixed-martial arts world, which can draw negative attention in certain settings.
“There’s a target on your back because people want a piece of you,” Casey said. “Jon speaks his mind so he’s controversial. He tends to ruffle some feathers.”
War Machine made his name after his appearance on the UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show on Spike TV in 2007.
But wait – there’s more! Back in November Luke Ford ran the story Brooke Haven Birthday Bash Turns Ugly Apparently War Machine slapped his girlfriend around, and ended with Ben English in the hospital, some asian dude with a broken nose and Alec Knight with stitches in his head. I did a search on this asshole and it seems he likes to fight in and out of the the octagon.
On February 22, 2008, Koppenhaver’s San Diego defense attorney arranged a lenient fine and probationary sentence for a prior assault which could have ended his fighting career, if charged as a felony. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 30 days of community service.
On 28th of November 2009, War Machine was reported to what witnesses have said, “gone crazy” at a porn actress’ birthday party. He attacked several people and ran off before the police came.
On December 1st, 2009 Las Vegas Police Department issued a warrant out for his arrest.
On February 28th, 2010 incident at “Last Day Cocktails” bar in Point Loma, California, results in three counts of assault.
On March 31st, 2010, he was again arrested in San Diego, California under suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a confrontation at a Pacific Beach bar. It was reported that officers had to place a bag over his head to keep him from spitting at them.
So with a history of being a JACKASS, why did that stupid Judge give him a July 16th surrender date I ask? Oh yeah, so he can have one more fight before going to jail. Brilliant!
It’s good to see that War Machine is really taking this so seriously!! He posted on his twitter:
Buzzed…watching Locked Up all night really thinking of how bullshit jail is. It’s not gonna teach me shit. I don’t consider what I did wrong and never will. The only thing I know for sure now is that I can never “go out” again. I don’t get in fights at the super market or the theatre I get in trouble at bars/clubs so That’s that no more of that for me. The law/US has gone soft and I can’t change that. Just need to be more of a hermit so I can avoid breaking the “law”
….not prison just gotta do a year in San Diego County jail…boring!