MMA Fighter War Machine Sentenced To Life For Abusing Ex Girlfriend

“Not a day goes by that I don’t seriously regret what I did."

By Eric Shorey

MMA fighter War Machine (née Jonathan Koppenhaver) has been sentenced to life following a highly publicized trial in which he was charged for the rape and physical abuse of his ex-girlfriend, adult performer Christine Mackinday. Koppenhaver had been found guilty on more than two-dozen charges including sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping pertaining to his incredibly violent relationship.

“I don’t know how much time in prison would make me feel right,” Mackinday told District Judge Elissa Cadish in a tear-filled statement. “But I do know that when he gets out he will kill me.”

War Machine, meanwhile, says that he has found religion in order to “finally able to manage whatever the hell is going on" inside his mind.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t seriously regret what I did,” Koppenhaver added to the judge. “I hated the way I think. I hated my impulses. … I hate myself.”

War Machine's lawyers are planning on appealing the decision: “We’re devastated about today, but we feel good about an appeal,” said defense attorney Jay Leiderman, who argued that his client's traumatic childhood effected his behavior.

“[The Trial has] been a really long three years,” Mackinday told the judge Monday, reflecing on the tumultuous court proceedings in which Koppenhaver taunted juries, judges, and attorneys. “And I’m so ready for this to be over.”

According to ESPN, War Machine will be eligible for parole in 36 years, when he is 71 years old.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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