The man known as War Machine
(Pictured) will join the
Bellator Fighting Championships roster.
The fighter tweeted news of his signing on Wednesday, stating he
would compete in the Chicago-based promotion’s sixth-season
welterweight tournament. Sherdog.com independently confirmed the
signing with a source close to the deal but was unable to
immediately verify the fighter’s assertion regarding the
“So it’s now official public knowledge. I signed with Bellator and
will be in the next welterweight tournament,” the fighter wrote.
“[I] can’t wait to be back fighting on live television with the big
Born Jon Koppenhaver, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 6 alumnus was
released by the
UFC following a loss to Yoshiyuki
Yoshida in 2008. The 30-year-old then signed with Bellator in
2009 but was cut by the promotion before ever setting foot in the
While his UFC release came on the heels of his questionable
comments surrounding the death of former middleweight champion
Tanner, War Machine’s exodus from Bellator occurred shortly
after making controversial statements about President Barack Obama.
The welterweight has been arrested multiple times, recently
completing a one-year jail sentence for felony assault.
Inside the cage, the fighter has done well on the regional circuit
since his release from the UFC, posting a record of 7-2. Most
recently, War Machine made a successful return to competition after
serving his jail time, stopping fellow UFC veteran Roger
Huerta on third-round punches on Nov. 26.