It seems as if the MMA world is coming up on an entire generation of viewers that have not even dived down the War Machine vortex, so let me give you TUF n00bs a small preface.
War Machine. Not that War Machine, but this War Machine. The War Machine formally known as Jonathan Koppenhaver. You may remember seeing him on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra in which he depressed half of America by telling a story of how when he was 14, War Machine tried to give CPR to his dad, was unsuccessful, and pretty much watched his father die. After getting cut from the show due to a somewhat controversial decision, War Machine went on to sign a 10-fight contract with the UFC. After getting offered names like Brandon Wolff, Mr.Machine (we’re serious, that’s his legal last name) told Joe Silva that he needed better competition and he wasn’t going to fight until he could bang against the big namers. After War Machine’s blog post in which he wished someone would place a bullet between Barack Obama’s head things started to get pretty hectic. He was dropped from the UFC and was somehow cut from Bellator before he even fought.
Seeing that his MMA career was somewhat in shambles, War Machine did the only logical thing to make financial ends meet: Become a porn star. In fact, here’s a direct quote from an interview we conducted with War Machine a couple years ago.
I think from now on I’ll be focusing on the porn. I’m still going to fight because that’s my passion. I love to fight and I realized that I’ve probably blew my chances of ever going back to the UFC. But I can still main event all medium sized shows all across the country and the world. But I’m still going to fight, two or three times a year. That’s what I love to do, I love beating people up, I want to fight, I want to train, I want to get better. I’m still going to be training.
Everything seemed to be going fantastic until War Machine flipped the ‘Kill Mode’ switch on at a porn industry party and made his ‘pimp hand’ apparent to every guy there. War fled the scene, and a couple days later the police issued a notice that he became a fugitive and should be considered ‘armed and dangerous.’ He eventually settled whatever problems he had, then War Machine told us he was in the process of ‘cleaning up his life.’ Exactly 48 hours after our second interview with War Machine, the guy was back in prison for assaulting a man outside a San Diego night club. The incident resulted in War Machine being locked up inside a San Diego county jail for a year, and now eighteen months later, War announced he’s facing Karl Amoussou on a Bellator event slated for March 30th.
Whew, what a voyage down MMA nostalgia.