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And Now He’s Fired: Bellator Fires War Machine Over Domestic Abuse Allegations [UPDATED]

(War Machine in 2007 / Photo via Getty)

Bellator has fired War Machine after a report from TMZ claimed he was involved in a domestic violence investigation.

TMZ’s report claimed the domestic dispute involved three people at War Machine’s Las Vegas home. Two people were reportedly injured so bad they had to go to the hospital. The report claimed one victim was War Machine’s “significant other.”

A tweet from Christy Mack, War Machine’s sort of girlfriend (the “it’s complicated” relationship status was made for them), seems to confirm the report:

War Machine seemingly tweeted about the incident as well:

While nothing is official yet, a domestic violence incident seems pretty likely. We hate to say this was inevitable, it seemed inevitable given War Machine’s sordid history.

Fortunately, Bellator under Scott Coker threw the book at War Machine.

“We have a zero tolerance policy here at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence,” Bellator president Scott Coker said in a press release sent to CagePotato. “And after learning of this latest incident involving Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine, Bellator is releasing him from his promotional contract with the organization.”

This is a far cry from Bjorn Rebney’s terrible “Human beings make mistakes and sometimes say stupid things” stance that saw War Machine get away with anything.

War Machine has been arrested before, so who knows if and how long he’ll be incarcerated this time. His last fight was a loss to Ron Keslar at Bellator 104. To be honest, Bellator is better off without him.

We’ll post more updates as we get them.


This is getting ugly. So first thing: Christy Mack refuted the rumor that she slept with another fighter, prompting War Machine’s wrath. Also, according to Jenna Jameson, Mack is in the still hospital due to the injuries inflicted by War Machine.

Lastly, War Machine apologized to Mack over Twitter, saying he’d always love her. Knowing MMA, this is probably going to get worse before it gets better.

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