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Former UFC fighter Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver arrested on battery charges in Las Vegas

Former UFC welterweight Jon Koppenhaver, now legally known as War Machine, has found himself in more legal trouble.

A source speaking on the condition of anonymity informed early Monday morning that Koppenhaver had been arrested by Las Vegas Metro Police over the weekend.

Jay Rivera, a representative with the Public Information Office of the Metro Police Department, confirmed that Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver was arrested Saturday, February 8 at approximately 4 a.m. local time. According to Rivera, a citizen’s arrest was made of Koppenhaver on charges of misdemeanor battery.

Koppenhaver, a cast member on the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter, had received three years probation and was ordered to pay $2,300 in restitution last February for his felony assault of Darren Zutkow outside a California gym in September of 2007.

Known for his often-erratic messages left via his official MySpace account, Koppenhaver recently was released by the Bellator Fighting Championships following a blog in which he endorsed a potential assassination of United States President Barack Obama.

Koppenhaver, 6-2, had been signed by Bellator as a participant in its upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament, which is scheduled to commence in April.

The current Las Vegas resident had also been released from his contract with the UFC after reportedly turning down a fight against Brandon Wolff and then also publicly speculating about the death of former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner.

  • acamp76144 says:

    “confirmed that Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver was arrested Saturday”

    I thought he legally changed his name to War Machine?

  • CMT says:

    As we say in Texas “This guy is crazier than a two peckered billy goat in a pepper patch”!! And to think I felt sorry for this guy. He needs to slay a lot of demons, to make it back, but I don’t think he can do it. Wasted talent.

  • CubanLinx69 says:

    is this guy trying to throw his life away?

  • jj says:

    how long til this guy teams up with jeff monson?

  • Angry Mike says:

    This story reeks of substance (alcohol) abuse. Four a.m.? Check. Las Vegas? Check. Misdemeanor battery (fist fight)? Check. Belligerent posts or phone calls? Check.

  • the_ivory_fist says:

    lol ya definetly alchohol related. war machine vs melvin guillard for a 24 of bud

  • John In Rockwall says:

    what a dumb shit, and yes i would say that to his face. i mean, cmon, how much shit do you have to put yourself through before you say “ok, im ruining any chance i had at having a career in MMA”. nobody is going to promote this yahoo now, WASTED TALENT, i didnt see any of this from his stint on TUF

  • kidneybeans says:

    hmmm, what a surprise

  • JudgeDanny says:

    this dude will never learn!!!

    I guess the only shocking thing will be if he does something that doesn’t contribute to throwing his life and talent away.

  • Handover Fist says:

    Human train wreck.

  • VENOM says:

    Can this guy just go away please? I’m sick of hearing about someone who continuously sabotages his own career. I’d rather hear about what Rich Clementi had for breakfast than read another word about this idiot! :-)

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  • gatorbones12 says:

    This may actually stop him from killing himself for a few days!!!

  • Rich S. says:

    a citizen’s arrest?

    So he got his ass neutralized by a padestrian?

    that’s hilarious..

    ahh i hate this guy..
    he’s so damn disrespectful..
    it’s very, very likely that he’ll never fight again.

    what’s even crazier, is that he wasn’t that bad on the show, i actually liked him..
    he was just a regular dude, but once he was officially IN the UFC, he flipped the asshole switch.

  • Cathedron says:

    Well… if you call yourself War Machine, you either have to be a pro fighter (which he is clearly unable to be) or you have to be in prison fighting off a dozen horny dudes in the shower room. It’s an “either/or” situation. At least he’ll get to fight now.

  • JDamico23 says:

    hes a piece of trash worst thinng to come out of TUF

  • TerribleT says:

    Being on The Ultimate Fighter show was a huge mistake for him because after he gained a little notoriety from being on TV his head has swelled up so much that he believes he’s really ARRIVED.He thinks he’s a bonified “SUPERSTAR” now and that what he says actually matters.Check out all his MySpace blog bullshit and you’ll see just how carried away he’s gotten with his imaginary ELITE STATUS! LOCK HIM UP ALREADY!!!!!!!!

  • Austin says:

    This guy is terrible for the spot.

  • sicmma says:

    The Krave night club is where he got popped…..too funny. The Krave is, well how they put it, the only “alternative” lifstyle club on the strip

  • This guy is a joke and it looks as though we ran the story we ran on him last week at the perfect time. He is a prime example of a person who thinks way too highly of themselves and has no idea how to handle any type of success.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    Old Coppler at it again. This drink is for you buddy!


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