Machine is no longer part of Bellator's upcoming welterweight
tournament. | Photo: Fred Haas
Machine is apparently heading back to the big house.
The fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver announced Thursday on
Twitter that he has been sentenced to another year in jail stemming
from an alleged confrontation that occurred over one year ago in
“Seems my year in jail wasn’t enough. [I] just got sentenced to
another year in Vegas for some old bulls--t,” the fighter wrote.
“Never mind I’m rehabilitated. Never mind I’ve been out for over
six months now doing great and am finally back on my feet. Never
mind all my students that will miss me. Do another year and rot and
waste time. Make no money, pay no taxes. Whatever. I just hope my
Saunders wins [Bellator’s] tournament.”
Machine was released from jail in July after serving a one year
sentence on a felony assault conviction unrelated to his current
charge. The California native returned to competition on Nov. 26,
knocking out fellow
UFC vet Roger
Huerta in the third round.
The fighter then signed with the
Bellator Fighting Championships in December, joining the Season
6 welterweight tournament field. The 30-year-old was slated to
square off with French talent Karl
Amoussou in the quarterfinals, but that bout will not come to
Instead, two-time tournament veteran Chris
Lozano will take War
Machine’s spot in the welterweight field. Sherdog.com confirmed
the news with a source close to the fighter on Friday.
The 29-year-old debuted impressively with Bellator in 2010,
finishing former UFC competitor Yoshiyuki
Bellator 31. Though he was turned away by former Bellator king
Good in the quarterfinals of the Season 4 tournament, Lozano
would rebound with three-straight victories, outpointing Brent
Weedman in the opening round of the Season 5 draw before being
brutally knocked out by Douglas
Lima in the Oct. 8 semifinals.