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MMA fighter is back in a Las Vegas court for beating his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack

Things are not looking good for the former Bellator MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, AKA War Machine, who was back in a Las Vegas courtroom last Tuesday.

Koppenhaver faces a laundry list of charges as reported by the Las Vega Review Journal:

Prosecutors said Koppenhaver, who faces dozens of domestic battery-related charges from incidents between May 2013 and August, violated his probation in connection with a 2012 conviction of attempted battery with substantial bodily harm.

Koppenhaver was arrested last month in the beating of his ex-girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack, and her friend, Corey Thomas.

On Tuesday Koppenhaver said he wants California lawyer Brandon Sua to represent him in both cases, and District Court Judge Valerie Adair postponed a hearing to revoke Koppenhaver’s probation until November.

That would give the judge time to review transcripts of a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 17, in which Mack is expected to testify about the abuse she endured.

Koppenhaver pleaded guilty in September 2011 in an attack on a patron at the now-closed gay nightclub Krave, where he had been hired to work as a topless bottle server in the VIP lounge.

In February 2012, Adair placed Koppenhaver on probation for five years, but first made him spend a year in the Clark County Detention Center. If he violated the probation, the judge ruled that he could face up to four years in prison.

At the time, Koppenhaver told the judge he had become “self-destructive” after losing his UFC contract, according to court records. He said he contemplated his life while he spent a year in San Diego jail for punching a bouncer at a bar.

“I don’t really know why it took him a year of sitting in jail to figure out, ‘Oh, hey, I’m a professional fighter, I really shouldn’t be popping innocent people in the face, you know, because I get drunk and angry, and I have a temper,” Adair said. “You know to me, he should have been a little more self aware down the road.”

After the judge ordered him to undergo drug testing for steroids and pay more than $61,000 in restitution, she gave Koppenhaver two weeks to get his affairs in order before serving his time at the Clark County Detention Center.

Koppenhaver used part of that time to lash out against the judge in a series of profanity-laced Tweets.

“How’s a Judge gonna accuse me of doing steroids OUT OF THE BLUE? Never tested positive for roids, never in trouble for them in any way!” he tweeted the day after the sentencing.

Three days later, he wrote: “How can a fat (expletives) that hasn’t brushed her hair in a week judge ME?! What has the world come to?!”

Big surprise…a month later, Adair denied Koppenhaver’s request to withdraw his plea.

In the case involving Mack, Koppenhaver faces life in prison without parole on charges including attempted murder, sexual assault, battery, and first-degree kidnapping resulting in substantial bodily harm.

References:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/war-machine-returns-vegas-court

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