War Machine had his day in court to face charges in the brutal beating of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. The professional fighter formerly known as Jonathan Koppenhaver appeared in a Clark County courtroom to hear the 32 counts against him in the attack that left Mack with 18 broken bones and many other serious injuries. According to ESPN on Wednesday, War Machine faces the possibility of a life sentence.
The former MMA fighter has plead not guilty to charges that include attempted murder, sexual assault, kidnapping, strangulation, coercion and burglary in connection with the August 8 attack on Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas. An attorney for War Machine has claimed that the long list of charges is "overzealous prosecution." War Machine is currently being held without bail.
After being on the run for several days following the violent encounter, War Machine was apprehended in an Extended Stay hotel in Simi Valley, California. He was reportedly staying there for several days with an unknown woman. His arrest came after a domestic violence incident at the hotel prompted other guests to call 911.
After the incident, Christy Mack released shocking pictures of her injuries. In a statement, Mack said that War Machine had beat her before but never to this extent. She suffered multiple injuries including a lacerated liver, 18 broken bones in her face and several missing or broken teeth. The extent of damage Christy Mack suffered during the attack has spawned a campaign to raise money for her recovery and treatment. Also, offers for free plastic surgery and dental repair were offered up after the incident.
War Machine is set to return to court on October 17 for a preliminary hearing. The most serious of the charges filed are two counts of attempted murder. One charge for the alleged attack on Christy Mack and another for the alleged attack on Corey Thomas.