The War is Over! Update!

The War Machine that is.

Earlier today, it was reported that “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 6” fighter Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver was cut from the UFC by the Vice President of Talent Relations, Joe Silva.

The reasoning behind the cut appears to be two-fold.

Earlier this week, in wake of the tragic passing of Evan Tanner, Koppenhaver posted a MySpace bulletin expressing his opinion on the matter, implying that he believed Tanner’s death to be a result of suicide.

“What else is an underpaid fighter supposed to do at the end of his career?” War Machine wrote in the posting. “Cash in his 401K? Collect social security? Start to work some [expletive] job for 10 bucks an hour? (This) [expletive] ain’t boxing, and if you’re not Chuck [Liddell] or Tito Ortiz, you don’t get paid dick.”

Within a matter of hours, he had removed the bulletin.

Not surprisingly, this was just another in a long line of posts where War Machine “spoke his mind”. In this case, it was claimed that he removed it once he learned more of the truth.

“I took it down because … when I first wrote it, I didn’t know the whole story,” War Machine said. “I had just heard that they had found his bike and that they had found him in the middle of nowhere. I thought, ‘[Expletive] man. He must’ve killed himself. He must’ve been depressed. That’s what I figured, so that’s why I wrote that bulletin. The once I got the [expletive] comments and they got the story out where he said he was going on a quest and all that stuff and it was debatable on whether it was an accident or not, I took it down.” (As posted on mmajunkie.com)

Eventually, his rants came back to bite him when UFC officials heard about the bulletin. Shortly thereafter, War Machine was offered a fight against Brandon Wolff. Apparently, this was a fight that was not to his liking and he instructed his management to play hard-ball and turn the fight down. Koppenhaver’s concern was that he had nothing to gain by fighting Wolff. Instead, he claimed, he would rather fight the likes of Josh Burkman or Dustin Hazelett. Someone, that is, with a name.

When this idea was pitched to UFC officials, Silva gave no other options. War Machine was told to take it or leave it. So he left it. Strike two. And on Wednesday, Koppenhaver was cut from the UFC.

In the last few hours, since this story broke, there has been an immense amount of criticism of Koppenhaver’s actions and decisions. MMA sites and forums have been flooded with comments condemning him for what was said about Tanner, as well as disagreeing with his choice not to take the Wolff fight. Finally, this evening, War Machine has spoken out against his naysayers. In another MySpace bulletin, Koppenhaver writes:

“I posted a bulletin after Evan Tanner’s body was first found in the desert. For SOME reason I am getting a lot of flack because of it. I don’t know how anyone got the idea that I was being disrespectful to him in any way. If anything I was talking shit on the UFC. Mostly I think a bunch of FAGGOTS are just looking for ANOTHER reason to hate on me.
Anyway, I am going to go over what I said and why I said it.

Evan Tanner was a former UFC champion, one of the pioneers of the sport. He fought his ass off, losing to only a select few in his career. He was never well paid for his efforts. Only a select few in the UFC are; so basically if you’re not Chuck Liddel or Tito Ortiz chances are you won’t make enough money to retire on. And if you don’t own your own gym you will pretty much find yourself lost and wondering “what next?” Before his death his career was coming to an end. He was past his prime and had no real chance of making a come back. He was also battling his troubles with alcohol. I was there at his last fight when my good friend and brother Kendall Grove won a decision victory over him. I was watching and obviously rooting for Kendall but I remember while in the midst of it all ,that I couldn’t help but feel sad for Evan. I watched him when I was a kid…watched him beat many great fighters, I looked up to him. Seeing him get dismantled by Kendall and then seeing him backstage…it made a lasting impression on me to say the least.

So, with all of this being said, when they first reported that he had gone missing and that they found his body in the middle of the desert, I automatically assumed that he had killed himself. It didn’t sound unreasonable to me and to be honest I still think that trip he made to the desert was, in his mind, perhaps a one way trip. I think that he didn’t want to add extra hardship on his loved ones by making it an obvious suicide. I think maybe he couldn’t have brought himself to do it anyway. I honestly think he was just super depressed and confused on his future and went out there to the desert…truly not caring if he came back or not…and he didn’t.

I also KNOW that MANY fighters in the future will come to the same crossroads as him. Fighting their whole life, no insurance from the UFC, no retirement plan, never being paid what they deserved. And as a result they too are going to find themselves in Evan’s shoes. It’s a sad ending for the life of a warrior. But it is one that is coming for most of us. It won’t suprise me if several fighters kill themselves in the future. I know that when my career is up and if I haven’t made the money I need or if I don’t have the gym that I am planning on owning I very well may do it. And that’s the truth.

So after reading all of this, if you still have a problem with me and what I said about Evan Tanner, I don’t give a fuck. That’s your problem. This is my opinion, deal with it.

Thanks to all my LOYAL fans.

WM”

I’m sure this latest post will only give his “haters” more fodder for their assessments of Koppenhaver’s character.

***UPDATE***

According to yet another bulletin from the illustrious War Machine, his next fight will be on October 18th. Here is the most recent post:

I don’t have ALL the details yet but my next fight will be the main event in Mobile on October 18th!
I’ll be taking on Ultimate Fighter Season VII star Mike Dolce!
If you’re in the area come show some support!!

Thanks
WM

Any guesses as to how well this show will compete with UFC 89?

UFC News: Jon Koppenhaver Legally Changes His Name To “War Machine”

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The Ultimate Fighter season six cast member Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver has legally changed his name to War Machine after a dispute erupted with TNA Wresting over the use of his nickname. Here’s a clip of War Machines blog post from his friends only MySpace page.


Subject: Funny ass shit!

SO in case you didn’t notice in my last fight the UFC did NOT use my nickname when I fought. Turns out some gay ass wrestling federation threatened to sue them because they recently named one of their wrestlers The War Machine Rhino and trademarked the name.

Too fuckin’ bad that I have been using this name for 6 years, have it tatted on my body and it is what my fans yell out when I’m fighting.

If you know my personality then you know damn well I am not gonna let some faggot ass, FAKE wrestler steal MY name..
SO 6 weeks ago I filed a change of name request and today I had court to make my name officially WAR MACHINE.

lol
Fuckin’ funny right? Didn’t really wanna have to do it but I am sure as hell not lose MY nickname.

Time for a nap.

WM”

TG: The Potato

UFC 84 Results LIVE

UFC 84 “ILL WILL” which features the long awaited battle for the 155lb title belt between UFC Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn and former UFC champion Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk.

CageToday will have the live results of the preliminary card starting around 8pm EST, followed by the complete play-by-play results of the main event starting at 10pm EST.

MAIN CARD

  • BJ Penn vs. Sean Sherk

    Round 1: The fight starts out aggressively with both fighters trading punches. Penn goes for a strike and Sherk attempts a takedown, which Penn escapes. Both fighters exchange punches. Sherk lands several punches, but Penn counters with the same. Penn is just out pointing Sherk, landing more accurate strikes. Sherk has a cut below his right eye. Both fighters keep it standing and continue exchanging punches. Penn is landing a few more solid strikes than Sherk. CT: 10-9 Penn

    Round 2: The second round begins with both fighters continuing to exchange punches. The fighters spend the round boxing and exchanging strikes, Penn is definitely getting the upper hand. Both Sherks eyes are bleeding. CT: 10-9 Penn

    Round 3: Round three begins the same way as the previous rounds with both fighters exchanging strikes. Penn’s pace is slowing down a little as he attempts a lazy takedown, which is easily avoided by Sherk. The fighters keep exchanging punches, Sherk tries landing more leg kicks, with little success. Penn lands a good combination, Sherk backs up to the cage. Penn See’s an opportunity and lands a flying knee, dropping Sherk. Penn tastes blood and tries to end it. it looks like Sherk was saved by the bell, but the fight is stopped after referee, Mario Yamasaki evaluated the downed Sherk.
    Result: BJ Penn defeats Sean Sherk by TKO (Knee, Strikes) at 5:00 of R3.

  • Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva
    Round 1: Jardine pushes the pace by aggressively going after Silva with punches and low leg kicks reminiscent of his fight with Chuck Liddell. Jardine lands a low kick, but Silva counters with a punch that rocks Jardine to the ground. Silva quickly pounces on Jardine and referee Steve Mazzagatti stops the fight at 0:36 of the first round. Jardine looks hurt and stiff like a board. He later slightly recovers just enough to stumble out of the cage with his team.
    Result: Wanderlei Silva defeats Keith Jardine by KO (Punches) at 0:36 of R1.
  • Wilson Gouveia vs. Goran Reljic

    Round 1: Gouveia lands and inside leg kick, Reljic counters and lands a kick to the head. Gouveia is landing leg kicks, while Reljic lands left kicks to the head of Gouveia. All of Reljic’s strikes are coming from the left side. Reljic lands two more left kicks and Gouveia’s shoulder is turning red. Gouveia gets more aggressive and lands several punches, but Reljic pulls guard and the round ends on the ground.

    Round 2: Both fighters are cautious starting out and Reljic lands the first effective kick to the head. Gouveia hits Reljic with a left hook that dropped him. Gouveia lands punch after punch from on top while Reljic was up pinned against the fence. Gouveia dominates on the ground and continues to punish Reljic from the top position. Reljic managed to get back to his feet and lands a left hook to the temple of Gouveia which hurts and drops him. Reljic continues to pound on him until referee Herb Dean stops the fight at the 3:15 mark.
    Result: Goran Reljic defeats Wilson Gouveia by TKO (Punches) at 3:15 of R2.

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz

    Round 1: Machida lands the first leg kick, both fighters attempt a kick and missed. Ortiz attempts a takedown and later lands a knee to the head of Machida. Machida continues to land leg kicks. Machida lands a head kick escapes takedown attempts. Machida lands several kicks and takes Ortiz down into side control and lands several punches until the end of the round. CT: 10-9 Machida.

    Round 2: Round two starts with both fighters playing it safe. Machida lands several kicks and avoids strikes from Ortiz. Ortiz is not playing aggressively and seems to be having trouble predicting Machida. Ortiz pulled guard but Machida quickly got back up. Machida lands a knee to the head of Ortiz. Ortiz drops his hands and taunts Machida who lands punches to his head. Ortiz ends the round with a body kick to Machida. CT: 10-9 Machida.

    Round 3: The most exciting part of beginning of this round is when the referee, Yves Lavigne, falls to the ground while running backwards. Machida gets Ortiz in the clinch and Ortiz attempts to take Machida down. Both fighters look tired and are separated by the referee. Machida drops Ortiz with a knee to the body and lands several more punches in Ortiz’ guard. Ortiz gets Machida in a triangle choke, turns it into an arm-bar, where Machida manages to escape. Ortiz ends the round with a few punches to the head of Machida. CT: 10-9 Machida

    Result: Lyoto Machida defeats Tito Ortiz by Unanimous Decision. (30-27 x3)

  • Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes
    Round 1: Round one began with Mendes landing a partially blocked left roundhouse to the head of Silva, which dropped him to the floor. Mendes came out strong, however Silva was able to take Mendes to the ground. Silva had full mount where he landed punch after punch. Finally Mendes had enough and tapped out at 2:24.

    Result: Thiago Silva defeats Antonio Mendes by Tapout (Strikes from the Mount) at 2:24 of R1.

PRELIMINARY CARD

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