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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Fugitive mixed martial arts fighter War Machine was arrested Friday in California on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life.
The 32-year-old fighter and former porn actor, whose birth name is Jon Koppenhaver, was captured in a hotel room in Simi Valley, a suburb northwest of Los Angeles where he once lived.
Authorities issued a warrant for Koppenhaver on Monday, the same day his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christy Mack, posted graphic photos of her swollen, beaten face online.
Mack said in a statement that Koppenhaver showed up unannounced at her house on Aug. 8, found her and a friend unarmed, and beat the friend without uttering a word.
Koppenhaver then sent the friend away and turned to Mack, forcing her to shower before knocking out some of her teeth and breaking bones in her face, the statement said.
She wrote that she feared for her life as he sawed off her hair with a dull knife.
Mack said she managed to escape out a back door and run naked through her neighborhood, knocking on doors until someone helped her get to a hospital.
Koppenhaver had been abusive in the past and broke up with her in May, she said.
"After many months of fear and pressure to keep this man happy, I feel that I can no longer put myself in this situation," Mack wrote.
Koppenhaver did not return a message Tuesday seeking comment about Mack's account, and it's not clear whether he has an attorney.
The welterweight fighter made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007. He lost his only pay-per-view bout in 2008 and went on to fight for a variety of promotions over the past five years.
His criminal record includes a 2012 conviction for attempt to commit battery with substantial bodily harm.
U.S. marshals said they worked with police and the Department of Homeland Security to capture Koppenhaver. He was booked into the Ventura County jail while he awaits extradition to Nevada.
"This is yet another example of how our joint agency efforts are apprehending fugitives who think they can hide," District of Nevada U.S. Marshal Christopher Hoye said in a statement.
His parents must be so proud.
So glad they got this *****, he tried to bully me off of a machine at the gym just two days before his attack on his ex but it didn't work :)
They ban boxers for having criminal records, so why don't they ban martial arts fighters for the same reason ?
They don't ban boxers from the sport for having a record, what planet are you on?
There are a few places that won't grant you a license to fight if you have a criminal history, but not many.
I'm glad the U.S. Marshals got this guy, but I have a problem with the Dept of Homeland Security being involved. The police work well with each other and the FBI and U.S. Marshal Service can handle interstate flight. Homeland Security needs to do what it was created to do. Secure the border and catch terrorists.
Where are they getting all these ugly criminals! notice the Gang tat
........he should have an "A$$hole" tat placed on his fore head.....
china & mexaco
you mean Mexico?.....genius with an racist opinion....and no brain
Lcok his azz up and weld the doors shut!
Make sure there's NO lube available either! We'll see how 'anal retentive' War Machine is after they get done with him in their Octagon! LOL
Cock and dog fighting is illegal in this country, but fighting humans is not--I don't get it?
Beating on women must make him feel like a big man? Not an attractive guy, the hair makes him look like one of The Coneheads. And what's with those ears and that lower lip? Hopefully he'll be in prison for several years.
I wish I had a head of hair like that
He should join the NFL. He would only get a 2 game suspension.
Or NHL, 5 mins for fighting
Amazing how these idiots go back to where they used to live and get arrested. They are so stupid to think the police won't look at where they used to live.!!!!!
Look at this guy? Do you really think his IQ exceeds his age?...................