Thread: Warmachine In court
12/13/2007 9:33pm, #1
Warmachine In court
Bit of a **** article but interesting news with Penn facing charges as well. Why would he punch him in the face after he choked him out!?.
Apperantly this was written on Warmachines blog:
"What is your favorite technique? Choke you out and then slap you in the face...haha!..inside joke =)"
Jon Koppenhaver charged with choking, hitting man in S.D.
By Angelica Martinez
UNION-TRIBUNE BREAKING NEWS TEAM
1:28 p.m. December 13, 2007
SAN DIEGO – Jon Koppenhaver, known as “War Machine” from Spike TV's reality series “Ultimate Fighting Championship,” appeared before a Superior Court judge Thursday on felony assault and battery charges.
The professional cage-fighter is accused of hitting and choking a Las Vegas man unconscious and hitting him in the face outside San Diego's Undisputed fitness and training center early Sept. 2.
During Thursday's preliminary hearing, Darren Zatkow testified that he was visiting San Diego with his then-girlfriend when he was assaulted outside the club after a night of drinks on the town.
He said he was confronted by a group of men without shirts who surrounded him as he left the club. He said he was grabbed in a carotid choke hold and dragged a few feet from his friends by one of the men. Zatkow said he did not see who grabbed him from behind.
Zatkow, who practices martial arts but has never competed in tournaments, said he became unconscious 10 seconds after he was choked and regained consciousness moments later.
Friends of Zatkow's who testified said he was punched in the face while he lay unconscious on the ground. Zatkow, however, said he was not aware of the punch until after he became conscious and felt the pain in his face.
San Diego Police Detective Fernando Ramirez said a Las Vegas doctor who saw Zatkow days after the assault determined that the facial blow caused four fractures to his left eye socket. The injuries could cause temporary or permanent nerve damage, Ramirez said. The extent of the injury is not yet known because Zatkow is still recovering, he said.
A New York man who was in San Diego at the time testified for the defense that he saw Koppenhaver hold Zatkow during the confrontation outside, but he said the person responsible for the assault was another one of the men standing outside the club.
Koppenhaver, 26, of Simi Valley, is skilled in mixed martial arts, according to his profile on the Ultimate Fighting Championship Web site, and also is a resident trainer for San Diego's Undisputed club.
Last week, he won with a technical knockout against Jared Rollins in the third round of Spike TV's Ultimate Fighter Finale held in Nevada. The preliminary hearing was expected to continue later Thursday. If the case goes to trial and Koppenhaver is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, said prosecutor David Williams.
12/13/2007 9:39pm, #2
damn, that aint right. I hate fucking bullies. (push you around types, not bullshido posters, I love them...exept the bullies grrrr)
Next they'll claim that guy jumped all of them. What a load of douchebags.
12/13/2007 10:29pm, #3
That's a garbage ass article.
Also, WarMachine was not as heavily involved as implied by the title. For that I am thankful.
On a related note, why must fighterts smack people around all the time?
12/13/2007 10:59pm, #4
That dude seemed a little too tightly wrapped...Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
12/14/2007 1:43am, #5
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He should've just given the guy an upper-decker.El sueno de la razon produce monstruos.
12/14/2007 1:51am, #6Originally Posted by Bukow
12/14/2007 11:55am, #7
What a retard. 7 years in prison? Nice work Jon.
This just goes to show what happens if you take a street fight lightly. 7 years is a LONG time, though that's the maximum conviction. **** even a year in jail can ruin your life.
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12/14/2007 8:18pm, #8
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What did we learn from this episode?
1. don't get drunk & mouth-off at a group of athletic looking guys for hanging outside their gym with their shirts off.
2. Don't beat on some drunk for mouthing-off.
12/14/2007 8:31pm, #9
Originally Posted by BumFu
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edited to add: If in fact the guy did not mouth off or provoke the assault (and even if he did) it seems that Warmachine is a dick and his friends are apparently total douches.
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12/14/2007 8:52pm, #10
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This kind of story is not gonna do a hell of a lot for the future of MMA...Optional signature you may use to appear at bottom of your signatures.