MMAer War Machine faces life in prison

War Machine, formerly known as Jonathan Koppenhaver. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

War Machine, formerly known as Jonathan Koppenhaver. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

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Mixed martial arts fighter War Machine faces life in prison after prosecutors added new charges during his first court appearance Wednesday in Las Vegas.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter, who was known as Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver and legally changed his name to War Machine, faces 32 felony charges related to allegations of attempted murder and sexual assault against his former girlfriend.

The charges stem from incidents that began in May 2013, prosecutors say.

Koppenhaver was arrested in August in a Simi Valley, Calif., hotel and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend, adult movie star Christy Mack.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Las Vegas police allege that Koppenhaver attacked the 23-year-old Mack and a male friend on Aug. 8, and accused her of cheating on him.

According to the police report, Koppenhaver choked and punched Corey Thomas last month for about 10 minutes. During that incident, Mack called police.

After Thomas left, Koppenhaver is accused of attacking Mack, beating her in a shower and threatening her with a knife.

Mack, according to reports, suffered a blowout fracture of her left eye, other facial fractures, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and lost two teeth.

Koppenhaver was a contestant on the UFC's reality series "The Ultimate Fighter."


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