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Twitter Prison Blogs May Partially Lead to a Stiffer Prison Sentence for War Machine


(War Machine getting ready for the Miss Jail Rat 2010 pageant.)

We were disappointed, though not totally surprised today when we visited War Machine’s Twitter page and found that the beleaguered fighter’s prison blogs had been removed.

We figured it was only a matter of time before prison or court officials got wind of War’s documented exploits behind bars that included drinking prison moonshine and finding a fellow inmate’s fishing line used to share contraband with other cons in his cell block.

Apparently we were right on the money with our estimate that he wouldn’t get through three weeks without getting in trouble and that his big house blogs would be his undoing.

Well, it was fun while it lasted.


According to KGTV’s 10News.com during a sentencing hearing on Thursday in San Diego federal court, the fighter once known as Jon Koppenhaver pissed off the presiding judge so much that he tore up a proposed plea agreement that would have seen Machine sentenced to a year in county jail and three years probation for allegedly punching a security guard outside a club during a brawl and assaulting a female bartender at another club by sweeping bottles off the bar at her. 

Before tearing up the all but signed, sealed and delivered plea deal, the judge warned the former UFC welterweight what would happen if he screwed up again and threw a punch or kick outside of the cage or ring.

"Do it again, and you won’t be able to fight your way out of a state prison sentence," the judge said, adding that he would likely be sent away for five years if he saw the inside of a courtroom for similar reasons in the future.

If you recall, Machine was dropped by the UFC after he posted a message on his MySpace page about his theory that Evan Tanner, who had passed away during a survivalist camping excursion had actually committed suicide.

Now it seems that his blogging addiction is partially to blame for his latest legal debacle.

According to the KGTV report the judge based part of his decision to reject the plea bargain on a number of flippant tweets Machine made  about his prison experience that were logged by prosecutors including one about him wanting to smuggle "a few hundred Ambien in (to jail) to sleep the year away!"

You’d think he would learn from the problems that his itchy blogging finger has caused him in the past. 

It could be argued that the evidence is circumstantial as it wasn’t War Machine who posted the messages. According to a tweet he made before going into the big house, he was relaying the blog content via telephone conversation to a friend who was posting it to his account.

Regardless of his Twitter defense, he may have already made his bed as the judge said that he was also upset with Machine’s attitude in court on Thursday.

In a nutshell, had he simply agreed to the sentence and probationary terms of the plea agreement and just quietly served his year in county jail, War Machine would have not received any further punishment. Since he remarked that he hadn’t had a chance to read the plea, thus wasting another day in court, the judge has decided he to send the matter back to trial on August 24, which could mean War could be sent to state prison for longer than one year and could have up to five years of restrictive probation when he gets out.

Hopefully for his sake, prison officials don’t receive an order to tear apart the cells to find the hooch makers or fishing line holders or else he may be on the receiving end of an arranged  prison marriage some prison justice.

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Canadian Chronic- August 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm

what he said ^
fatbellyfrank- August 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm
Reality sucks hey WM, a couple of peices of basic advice someone should have given him a while ago:
When involved in legal issues, shut your mouth, be respectful and you may get some leniency, carry on like a smart ass who has no respect for the legal system and those who uphold and enforce, they'll more than likely throw the whole fucken book at you if you give them the opportunity.
It's called taking responsibility for your own actions, and at this point I just see a guy whose still sayin FTW, and thinks his new roomies are somehow cool, rather than realising he fucked up, he's in a place with a lot of people whose only life choice has been to consistently fuck up. WM, head down, mouth shut, yes sir no sir and things may pan out in your favour.
crooklyn- August 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Good edit=)
RwilsonR- August 18, 2010 at 9:40 am
@ shitbag - I kinda feel the same way. There are times I pity him, but for some odd reason I don't hate him, even though I should. He seems like one of those guys that would actually be kinda fun to hang out with because they are just willing to do and say anything that comes into their head. They aren't particularly malicious people, so they are hard to hate, but if you give them a choice they will inevitably make the wrong one every time. It can be really entertaining to be around people like that so long as they don't have an emotional meltdown.
RwilsonR- August 18, 2010 at 9:34 am
This guy is so stupid. Had his plea agreement gone through, he probably would have gone back to County jail for about an hour before they released him for overcrowding and time already served. Three weeks in is already probably more than the average person serves in SoCal on a year long sentence. At most, he probably would have done about three weeks more considering what he is in for. But since he pissed off the judge, he has to at least stay in until it goes to trial. Nice work, WM.

@ shitbag - at this point, any plea agreement is subject to the judge's discretion and approval. Since they aren't using the blogs in the trial against him, but only as a tool for the presiding authority to judge his behavior, I don't know that any argument can be made other than to appeal to the judge's sensibilities, which seem to be against WM at the moment.

Although, I wonder if the judge refers to him as Mr. Machine in the court room. For some reason I find that funny.
Phazon- August 18, 2010 at 7:05 am
What an idiot...
shitbag- August 18, 2010 at 6:08 am
Why the hell do I not hate War Machine? I really should, but for some reason I don't totally hate him. He actually is a good MMA fighter whose fights I like to watch, but right now prison is the best place for him. I don't really blame the judge - doing his full time in prison will probably be good for him, and what do you expect when you "keep it real"? When he gets out he can go see a shrink and get on some low-level meds he'll be in a much better place. They should let that mofo tweet, people in prison say a hell of a lot worse than anything he was saying, his lawyer sucks, there is ample legal argument his lawyer could have used to tell the court to fuck off in regards to his recent twitter blogs.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm
Wisconsin recently adopted the whole athletic commission aspect of the sport, I had to rush and Produce a bunch of shit like Blood Tests. I had to purchase a license to compete and get all my shit together last minute so I feel like I'm prepared now but regardless annoyed. I just rented Book of Eli so I think I'll go watch that guys stay well Potato Nation.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm
Just another random fighter form the local Area I honestly Didn't know his name I can dig it up tomorrow with a phone call or two. It's 11:30pm though atm and I doubt a fight promoter wants me to wake him up. Dont worry brother I'll be posting my fights regardless of outcome as an amateur it's my job to learn right now and grow from the mistakes I make we'll see how it all goes. I bet WarMachine wishing he had a learning curve outside of keeping it real.
2DaDeath- August 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm
Wrong, Bill. WM is a repeat offender. Also, i'm pretty sure he fucked himself by "keeping it real" at his original trial.
Bill Jackson- August 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm
This really is sad that all of this is for socking a bouncer that seemingly had it coming. Punching some asshole at a bar is what this country was built on. War Machine is a patriot and a martyr!
2DaDeath- August 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm
Yeah, it does suck. I was looking forward to the video you planned on posting, win or lose. Who were you gonna fight anyways?
KarmaAteMyCat- August 17, 2010 at 9:18 pm
You more then others I figured you would read it. I'm trying to find another event but it's turning into a bitch of a situation honestly I'm pretty pissed off right now. Though reading this article makes me feel a little better.
2DaDeath- August 17, 2010 at 9:16 pm
Who are you breaking this news to, Karma?
crooklyn- August 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm
It wasn't Twitter that got him in trouble with the UFC. It was a blog he posted on Myspace. Research fellas. Do your research.
Danky4twanky- August 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm
I guess if you do upper deckers in prison you mess up your toilet wine.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 17, 2010 at 8:13 pm
He really doesn't learn, So the event I'm suppose to fight at in September canceled due to some issues with an arena contract or some bullshit. Massively pissed off.. I just bought a fucking license to fight in Wisconsin to Grr.. But at least I get to read about WarMachines shitty life.
2DaDeath- August 17, 2010 at 7:58 pm
This is what happens when someone tests their "i don't give a fuck" attitude in the real world.
El Guapo- August 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm
He's a good kid, that kid.

Strife- August 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm
Cant do upper deckers in prison. You'd just be shitting in your sink.
One Two- August 17, 2010 at 6:50 pm
all this for a fight with a bouncer, weak.
hooligun- August 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm
As much as a fuck up and waste of space as he was on the outside, his comments from inside were showing signs of enlightenment. Count on the US Criminal Justice System to crush that real quick.

Courts accepted the plea bargain but then the judge decides he doesn't like the kids attitude - wtf?

Corruption my friends.............................................................
rlh61- August 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm
Rex...I prefer "Ms. Fuzzy Britches"
Morningwood- August 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm
I look forward to seeing the War Machine episode of "Lockup" on MSNBC.

We've seen a lot of things while filming Lockup. But, never have we seen a guy go so balls deep before this!
Danky4twanky- August 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm
Wow. I thought this guy was funny when he first took a dump in the top of the toilet on TUF, but I guess he really is retarded. Upper decker ftw!
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