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“War Machine” Facing a Possible Seven Years in Prison

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that TUF Season 6 veteran Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver has appeared in front of a Superior Court judge this week and is facing felony assault and battery charges.

Koppenhaver has been accused of hitting and choking out Darren Zatkow outside of Undisputed, Koppenhaver’s MMA gym, on September 2. Here are some notes from the article:

He said he was confronted by a group of men without shirts who surrounded him as he left the club. He said he was grabbed in a carotid choke hold and dragged a few feet from his friends by one of the men. Zatkow said he did not see who grabbed him from behind.

Zatkow, who practices martial arts but has never competed in tournaments, said he became unconscious 10 seconds after he was choked and regained consciousness moments later.

Friends of Zatkow’s who testified said he was punched in the face while he lay unconscious on the ground. Zatkow, however, said he was not aware of the punch until after he became conscious and felt the pain in his face.

A Detective for the San Diego Police Department stated in the article that a Las Vegas doctor determined Zatkow has suffered four fractures to his left-eye socket in the assault.

Prosecutor David Williams told reporters that if the case goes to trial and “War Machine” is convicted, he will face a maximum sentencing of seven years in prison.

Read the entire article HERE.

(Thanks to MMAJunkie)

  • jjdnb says:

    omg what an idiot. Why in gods name would you do that? Once your a fighter you should have enough confidence in yourself and your abilities, to be able to walk away from confrontations, not punch an unconscience man layed out on the ground.
    I hope this isnt really what happened.
    Good luck war machine

  • Dave says:

    I’m no lawyer, but the victim openly declaring he didn’t see who attacked him isn’t going to be enough to to convict Koppenhaver. Especially not when the only eyewitness says Koppenhaver wasn’t the assailant.

  • jaydog says:

    I’m not judge, but I do believe that judges tend to hold trained “professionals” to a higher standard of conduct. If “War Machine” can avoid being implicated (even as a conspirator), then he’s going to be treated as a ringleader. Shoot, if you’re name is War Machine, then the prosecutor will have plenty of ammo against you in an assault and battery case. Maybe his rough childhood will carry more weight in court than it did during that MMA soap opera called The Ultimate Fighter.

  • D says:

    I am a lawyer, and a prosecutor as well. Even if the victim doesn’t know who hit him, all people involved in the assault are equally responsible under the theory of aiding and abetting. In other words, if I held you while my friend beat the tar out of you, we have both comitted assault.

    If he is charged with assault by means of force likley to produce great bodily injury, his background as a fighter is very relevant. Shoot, if I was prosecuting him I would just throw in some footage of him training and show that he is particularly dangerous with his hands.

  • Dizzle says:

    7 years in prison? you kidding me?

    I know people who have killed people drunk and they only got 3 years in prison.

    the system is pretty messed up.

  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Koppenhaver pleaded guilty and as part of a plea bargain it will be treated as a misdemeanour because the dude that got bashed says he doesn’t want to wreck his career.

    Apparently it started when he called Koppenhaver and a few other dudes tough guys because they were shirtless leaning against a building. So War Machine RNC’d him and dragged him backwards, and then one of em hit him on the ground.


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