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War Machine appears in court - faces life in prison after assault on Christy Mack

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War Machine, the former MMA fighter accused of brutally assaulting his former girlfriend and a male friend in an August attack, faces life in prison after appearing in court this week.

The former UFC fighter was charged with 32 felony counts by the Las Vegas court judge on Wednesday afternoon with charges including, but not limited to; sexual assault, kidnapping, strangulation and burglary.

War Machine pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Court appearance

As reported by KTNV Channel 13 Action News, War Machine (whose was born Jon Koppenhaver before legally changing his name) is accused of attacking adult film star Christy Mack, along with an unidentified male, at her Las Vegas home on August 8th.

Mack and Koppenhaver are said to have dated for over a year before Mack broke off the relationship. In the days after the alleged attack Mack posted several images to social media showing the extent of the injuries suffered.

This included 18 broken bones, shattered teeth, and a ruptured liver. Mack also alleged War Machine had attempted to rape her during the altercation.

After going on the run, during which time he posted on Twitter and TV star Dog The Bounty Hunter began a personal hunt for the fighter, War Machine was eventually arrested after two weeks in Simi Valley, California.

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New charges

Prior to his arrival at court Wednesday it was thought War Machine was facing around 32 years in prison should he be convicted.

However just hours before his first court hearing his defense team learnt that War Machine would be facing an additional two dozen charges on top of the original allegations.

The combination of charges now mean the defendant faces life in prison.

Clark County District Attorney had this to say on the new charges:

"When this case was investigated further we learned that there were additional incidents of criminal conduct and the law allows us to file an amended complaint charges and that's what we did."

War Machine 'the character'

Koppenhaver's lawyer, Brandon Sua, spoke after the court hearing and attempted to distance his client from the UFC 'character' of War Machine:

"I think the public will understand that War Machine’s a character.”

“He is controversial and people need to understand where to draw that line from his character as War Machine and a person as Jon Koppenhaver, because that’s who he is.”

War Machine's UFC career lasted 19 fights (14-5 record) but he has not been involved in the organization since October 2013.

War Machine himself only spoke to confirm his name change and he will be back in court October 17th for the next hearing.

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