Just a few hours ago, a Las Vegas jury found former UFC and Bellator fighter War Machine (born Jon Koppenhaver) guilty of 29 of the 34 charges brought against him as a result of his 2014 kidnapping and assault of ex-girl friend Christy Mack.
With the jury decision today, the world of MMA looks to move past one of the worst black-eyes the sport has ever seen, in War Machine, who now faces a potential life sentence. Luckily for him, and unfortunately for us, he avoided the most serious charges, as the jury found itself deadlocked on the attempted-murder charge.
The charges stem from the incident on August 8th, 2014, when War Machine broke into Mack's house, attacking her and her boyfriend Corey Thomas, beating and keeping them locked up at Mack's home until he left, and spent 10 days on the run from the police, over what he later called a "misunderstanding". Thomas suffered the lesser of the injuries between the two parties, a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, bite marks, scratches and bruises, while Mack suffered gruesome injuries, including broken teeth, fractured rib, and a ruptured liver (the pictures of Mack's injuries are available somewhere but I don't want to look at them again so you guys can use google for that).
War Machine has already once tried to commit suicide while in custody, and now facing life in jail I can't imagine things are looking up for him, but truthfully I am as happy as could be about that. Let him rot where he belongs, and let the MMA world continue to be able to disprove the notion these athletes are violent in all aspects of their lives.