MMA Fighter War Machine Gets Life For Assault Of Actress Christy Mack

Guillermo Lane
June 6, 2017

On Monday afternoon, former MMA fighter War Machine received a sentence of 36 years to life for the brutal beating of former girlfriend Christy Mack, which took place in 2014. And while the case and its grim details have slowly unfolded over the past three years, today, in a Las Vegas courtroom things are finally coming to a close.

War Machine could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

The judge rejected Leiderman's bid for a new trial based on an obscure 1911 state law that the defense attorney said would have let Koppenhaver tell the jury that he "just lost it" and fell into a blind rage amounting unconsciousness during the attacks, and therefore could not have known he was committing a crime.

Mack claimed that the fighter repeatedly hit her in the ear with the handle of a kitchen knife, "sawed off" her Mohawk and beat her to the point of blacking out during the two-hour attack.


War Machine told the court he regrets the attack.

"I think you have done a lot of good things in the world, but there are consequences and I have to look out for the well-being of the community", Cadish said. He was charged with 34 counts spanning both violence and sexual assault-related offenses, although he avoided convictions on charges such as attempted murder and burglary with a deadly weapon. He used his given name in court proceedings. The damage that he inflicted on her included 18 broken bones, missing teeth, and a ruptured liver.

Thomas testified that he suffered a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises and bite marks before asking Koppenhaver if he was going kill him or let him go. She had cited death threats he made against her during his trial, which also featured testimony from Corey Thomas, the man prosecutors said she was with when the ex-MMA star burst in on them. He was returned in custody to Las Vegas.

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