Fighter War Machine charged with more felonies

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Fighter War Machine charged with more felonies
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 30: In this handout photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, is seen in a police booking photo after being arrested and extradited from Simi Valley Police Department to the Clark County Detention Center to await a court hearing for brutally assaulting his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack on August 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Reportedly Koppehhaver, 32, is facing multiple assault and battery charges and is expected to appear in court at 8 a.m. on September 3, 2014. (Photo by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JANUARY 24: Adult film actress Christy Mack arrives for the 2014 XBIZ Awards held at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on January 24, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
SIMI VALLEY, CA - AUGUST 15: In this handout photo provided by the Simi Valley Police Department, MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver , aka War Machine, is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest for brutally assaulting his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack on August 15, 2014 in Simi Valley, California. (Photo by Simi Valley Police Department via Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA - APRIL 26: Reshad Woods fights Jonathan 'War Machine' Koppenhaver at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge 'Capital Punishment' at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on April 26, 2009. Koppenhaver, who was featured on the TV show The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) was given the nickname of 'War Machine' by Phil Baroni, due to his bio-mechanical tattoos. Koppenhaver legally changed his name to 'War Machine.' War Machine had a short lived porn career. On July 16th, 2010, Machine was sentenced to a year in jail for felony assault from the Feb. 28, 2010 incident at a Point Loma bar, and another incident at a Pacific Beach bar on March 31, 2010. (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA - APRIL 26: Jonathan 'War Machine' Koppenhaver is examined before entering the Ultimate Warrior Challenge 'Capital Punishment' at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on April 26, 2009. He was given the nickname of 'War Machine' by Phil Baroni, due to his bio-mechanical tattoos. Koppenhaver legally changed his name to 'War Machine'. On July 16th, 2010, Machine was sentenced to a year in jail for felony assault from the Feb. 28, 2010 incident at a Point Loma bar, and another incident at a Pacific Beach bar on March 31, 2010. (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA - APRIL 26: Reshad Woods, top, fights Jonathan 'War Machine' Koppenhaver at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge 'Capital Punishment' at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on April 26, 2009. Koppenhaver, who was featured on the TV show The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) was given the nickname of 'War Machine' by Phil Baroni, due to his bio-mechanical tattoos. Koppenhaver legally changed his name to 'War Machine.' On July 16th, 2010, Machine was sentenced to a year in jail for felony assault from the Feb. 28, 2010 incident at a Point Loma bar, and another incident at a Pacific Beach bar on March 31, 2010. (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)
FAIRFAX, VA - APRIL 26: Jonathan 'War Machine' Koppenhaver raises his hand after defeating Reshad Woods at the Ultimate Warrior Challenge 'Capital Punishment' at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on April 26, 2009. Koppenhaver, who was featured on the TV show The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) won by submission in the second round. He was given the nickname of 'War Machine' by Phil Baroni, due to his bio-mechanical tattoos. Koppenhaver legally changed his name to 'War Machine'. (Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)
This undated photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Johathan Koppenhaver, who appeared in UFC's Ultimate Fighter TV show in 2007. Koppenhaver was arrested Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in California on suspicion of beating his ex-girlfriend so severely in Las Vegas that she feared for her life. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, File)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 8: Jon Koppenhaver (blue shorts) def. Jared Rollins (grey shorts) - TKO - 2:01 round 3 during The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale on December 8, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - MAY 31: Christy Mack attends Exxxotica Expo 2013 on May 31, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Olivia Salazar/Getty Images)
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By KEN RITTER

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was hit Wednesday with attempted murder, sexual assault and other new charges in Las Vegas in a case that prosecutors said stemmed from attacks on his ex-girlfriend.

The defendant, whose birth name is Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, stood shackled and flanked by two police officers during a brief initial court appearance.

Koppenhaver was arrested Aug. 15 after his ex-girlfriend, adult film actress Christy Mack, posted Twitter photos of herself showing injuries she said she received when Koppenhaver attacked her a week earlier in Las Vegas.

Koppenhaver, 32, was extradited to Nevada from the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, California, where he was initially sought on a warrant involving seven charges, including battery, assault, coercion and lewdness.

Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine in 2008, told the judge on Wednesday that he understood the charges and would use the name Koppenhaver in court. He wasn't asked to enter a plea.

"I think the public will understand that War Machine's a character," Koppenhaver's lawyer Brandon Sua said outside court. "He is controversial and people need to understand where to draw that line from his character as War Machine and a person as Jon Koppenhaver, because that's who he is."

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson ordered Koppenhaver held without bail pending a preliminary hearing Oct. 17.

Sua said he and attorneys Matthew Terry and Brian Watkins intend to fight the charges that also include burglary, battery constituting domestic violence, sexually motivated coercion and witness tampering.

MMA Fighter 'War Machine' Arrested in Simi Valley For Beating Girlfriend

Koppenhaver is accused of using a knife during some of the incidents that date back to May 2013.

Sua previously said Koppenhaver was defending himself on Aug. 8 during an incident involving Mack and her friend, Corey Thomas, at Mack's home.

Police said Thomas suffered broken bones in his face. Mack, 23, who is referred to in court documents as Christine Mackinday, was hospitalized for several days with a lacerated liver, facial bruises and fractures, and missing teeth.

She is undergoing surgical procedures to repair facial and oral injuries, prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth said.

The Associated Press usually does not identify alleged victims of sex assault. Mack agreed to allow the AP to use her name in the case against Koppenhaver.

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he met with Mack before the additional charges were filed.

"When this case was investigated further we learned there were additional incidents of criminal conduct," Wolfson said. "She's ready to testify. She's ready to come into court and tell the truth and tell what happened."

Koppenhaver, who also has acted in porn productions, was dropped by his fight promoter, Bellator MMA, after Mack's accusations were made public.

He made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007 and lost his only pay-per-view bout in 2008.

He had a 14-5 record as a welterweight and last fought in October 2013.

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