Violent ‘alpha male’ & MMA fighter brutally beats ex-girlfriend; claims he’s ‘cursed’

TW: Graphic descriptions of extreme violence (via Gawker)

Some disgusting mixed martial arts fighter named Jon Koppenhaver (aka “War Machine”) apparently showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s house on Friday night, found another man there, who he proceeded to attack, before sending him away and turning his attention towards the woman, Christy Mack.

Mack posted a very detailed account of the attack, as well as some photos via her Twitter account:

“At about 2 am Friday morning, Jon Koppenhaver arrived unannounced to my home in Las Vegas, NV, after he broke up with me in May, he moved out of my house and back to San Diego. When he arrived, he found myself and one other fully clothed and unarmed in the house. Without a single word spoken, he began beating my friend; once he was finished, he sent my friend away and turned his attention to me. He made me undress and shower in front of him, then dragged me out and beat my face. I have no recollection of how many times I was hit, I just know my injuries that resulted from my beating. My injuries include 18 broken bones around my eyes, my nose is broken in 2 places, I am missing teeth and several more are broken. I am unable to chew, or see out of my left eye. My speach is slurred from my swelling and lack of teeth. I have a fractured rib and severely ruptured liver from a kick to my side. My leg is so badly injured I have not been able to walk on my own. I also attained several lesions from a knife he got from my kitchen. He pushed the knife into me in some areas such as my hand, ear, and head. He also sawed much of my hair off with this dull knife. After some time, the knife broke off of the handle and continued to threaten me with the blade. I believed I was going to die. He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly. He took my phone and canceled all of my plans for the following week to make sure no one could worry about my whereabouts. He told me he was going to rape me, but was disappointed in himself when he could not get hard. After another hit or two, he left me on the floor bleeding and shaking, holding my side from the pain of my rib. He left the room and went to the kitchen where I could hear him ruffling through my drawers. Assuming he was finding a sharper, more stable knife to end my life, I ran out my back door, shutting it behind me so the dogs didn’t run inside tot ip him off. I hopped the fence to the golf course behind my house and ran to a neighboring house. Naked and afraid he would catch me, I kept running through the neighborhood knocking on doors. Finally, one answered and I was brought to the hospital and treated for my injuries.”

Koppenhaver is still on the run in Las Vegas, but posted a completely gross response on Twitter.

Aw, poor guy. He just really, really loved her so much that he had to attempt to beat her to death. Cursed! Clearly none of this is his fault — if only she’d let him love her. If only that man hadn’t been there! If only, if only.

Of course his violence is nothing new. I mean, it’s his living for starters…  And beyond that, this is (unsurprisingly) not Koppenhaver’s first assault. In 2010 he was convicted of assault after a bar fight in San Diego and was arrested on felony domestic assault charges in 2009.

In November 2013, Mack tweeted that her boyfriend “threatened to kill her,” going on to say: “He full-on beat the s**t out of me, couldn’t show my face in public beating.”

In December Mack tweeted that he’d subjected her to “several slapping[s], choking unconscious, smothering[s], kicking[s] and throwings.”

This is also a guy who is clearly proud to be someone who does “alpha male shit.” Oh masculinity is grand, isn’t it.

Naturally Koppenhaver sees himself as the victim in all of this, whining that the cops will “never give [him] fair play.”

Man, abusers are all the same.

So well gee. What’s the lesson here, folks? Maybe that when a man is violent towards women we take that seriously? Because they almost always do it again? And the violence often gets progressively worse? Maybe?

I hope (but doubt) this guy gets put away for life. It’s very clear what he’s capable of.

Meghan Murphy
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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