Former MMA fighter War Machine sentenced to life for kidnapping

  • Fighter, real name Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, attacked ex-girlfriend
  • Christy Mack fears for life if Koppenhaver is released from jail

The former mixed martial arts fighter Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, known more commonly as War Machine, has been sentenced to life in prison after he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and beat his ex-girlfriend in 2014.

Koppenhaver was convicted by a Las Vegas jury in March of 29 felonies after he attacked Christy Mack and her male friend Corey Thomas. He had found Mack and Thomas together in her bedroom. At sentencing Mack told District Judge Elissa Cadish that she fears Koppenhaver will kill her if he is released. “I don’t know if my life will feel complete in 12 years or 30 years and neither do you, but I do know when he gets out he will kill me,” Mack said. She suffered a lacerated liver, broken rib and lost two teeth during the assault.

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