Jon Koppenhaver

Koppenhaver Receives Three Years Probation


Jon Koppenhaver weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, one of the most popular cast members that have come out of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, has been sentenced to three years probation stemming from assault charges after Koppenhaver allegedly attacked a man outside of a San Diego gym.

The news comes from a report by KGTV San Diego, who also reports that Koppenhaver will also be required to continue to seek counseling.

The California native pleaded guilty to the charges after being accused of attacking Darren Zatkow while he was in town visiting a former girlfriend. A witness who took the stand during a trial last year stated that he only saw Koppenhaver hold the man at one point and that it was another person that assaulted him.

Koppenhaver was also facing battery charges but they were dropped after he entered a guilty plea. His felony assault charges were lowered to misdemeanors.

Zatkow publicly stated during the trial that he didn’t want to see Koppenhaver’s career ruined by the charges. He asked for restitution in the form of $2,300, which Koppenhaver has already reportedly paid.

Judge Frank Brown said that Koppenhaver’s situation was not that he would normally feel compassionate about, but also noted that he wanted to give him a second chance.

“No good comes of calling you a felon,” Brown said. “However this also means that I want you to stay out of trouble and lead a good life. You should be thankful towards Mr. Zatkow, he was very compassionate of you.”

If he violates his probation, Koppenhaver will face up to a year in prison. On top of the three years he received, Koppenhaver has been ordered to do thirty hours of community service. While handing out the punishment, Judge Brown gave the line of the week.

“If he can’t pick up a beer can on the freeway, he shouldn’t be fighting,” Brown said.

On the heels of contemplating a potential move to the UFC’s lightweight division, Koppenhaver announced yesterday that will likely return to action this spring at UFC 84 against an opponent yet to be announced.

After losing a unanimous decision to eventual runner-up Tommy Speer during the show, Koppenhaver returned to action at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale where he went to war with fellow cast mate Jared Rollins in a fight of the year candidate. Koppenhaver finished Rollins off with strikes late in the third round.

Koppenhaver Likely to Return at UFC 84 in May


Jon Koppenhaver weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, one of the most popular cast members that have come out of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, will likely return to action this spring at UFC 84.

Koppenhaver revealed the news in a recent MySpace bulletin.

The event, which is scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 24th, is expected to be headlined between a lightweight title showdown between B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk. Tito Ortiz will likely return to action at the event as well against an undefeated Ryoto Machida is what might just be Ortiz’s last fight in the UFC.

After losing a unanimous decision to eventual runner-up Tommy Speer during the show, Koppenhaver returned to action at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale where he went to war with fellow cast mate Jared Rollins in a fight of the year candidate. Koppenhaver finished Rollins off with strikes late in the third round.

Koppenhaver will also be sentenced later today on felony assault charges.

The California native pleaded guilty to the charges after being accused of attacking a man outside of a San Diego gym while he was in town visiting a former girlfriend. A witness who took the stand during the trial stated that he only saw Koppenhaver hold the man at one point and that it was another person that assaulted him.

Koppenhaver was also facing battery charges but they were dropped after he entered a guilty plea. He is not expected to receive any jail time.

Koppenhaver Sentencing Delayed


Jon Koppenhaver weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Those who were awaiting news on the fate of Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver will have to wait a bit longer as sentencing for Koppenhaver’s felony assault case has been delayed until February 21st.

The news comes from Caleb of MMA Predictions who also reports that reasons behind the delay are unknown at this time.

Koppenhaver pleaded guilty to the charges after being accused of attacking a man outside of a San Diego gym while he was in town visiting a former girlfriend. A witness who took the stand during the trial stated that he only saw Koppenhaver hold the man at one point and that it was another person that assaulted him.

Koppenhaver was also facing battery charges but they were dropped after he entered a guilty plea. He is not expected to receive any jail time.

The former cast member of the sixth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” recently announced that he was considering a move to the UFC’s lightweight division.

After losing a unanimous decision to eventual runner-up Tommy Speer during the show, Koppenhaver returned to action at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale where he went to war with fellow cast mate Jared Rollins in a fight of the year candidate. Koppenhaver finished Rollins off with strikes late in the third round.

Koppenhaver Considering Move to Lightweight


Jon Koppenhaver weighs-in for The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, one of the popular favorites from the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, is apparently considering a move to the UFC’s lightweight division.

Koppenhaver made the announcement via his official MySpace page, stating that he was thinking about making the drop in weight.

After losing a unanimous decision to eventual runner-up Tommy Speer during the show, Koppenhaver returned to action at The Ultimate Fighter 6 Finale where he went to war with fellow cast mate Jared Rollins in a fight of the year candidate. Koppenhaver finished Rollins off with strikes late in the third round.

The Las Vegas native has trained with the likes of Ken Shamrock and Vernon White in the Lion’s Den as well as Phil Baroni and Marc Laimon at Cobra Kai in the past.

In other Koppenhaver-related news, the 26-year-old will be sentenced later this week on felony assault charges. Koppenhaver pleaded guilty to the charges after being accused of attacking a man outside of a San Diego gym while he was in town visiting a former girlfriend. A witness who took the stand during the trial stated that he only saw Koppenhaver hold the man at one point and that it was another person that assaulted him.

Koppenhaver was also facing battery charges but they were dropped after he entered a guilty plea. He is not expected to receive any jail time.

Touch of gloves to our friends at MMA Junkie for the find and the update.

Koppenhaver Faces Felony Assault Charges

Ultimate Fighter 6 competitor Jon Koppenhaver faces felony assault and battery charges according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Koppenhaver appeared in a San Diego court room earlier today for a preliminary hearing.

He is alleged to have attacked a man outside of a San Diego gym while he was in town visiting a former girlfriend:

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.

A witness who took the stand today stated that he only saw Koppenhaver hold the man at one point and that it was another person that assaulted him.

The preliminary hearing will continue tomorrow. If the case goes to trial and Koppenhaver is convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison.

Touch of gloves to MMA Junkie for the find.

Update 9:30 AM: The San Diego Union-Tribune is now reporting that Koppenhaver has pleaded guilty to the charges. However it doesn’t seem that “War Machine” will be spending any time behind bars:

Judge Frank Brown said the change in plea could result in a misdemeanor punishment. Zatkow told the court he thought a reduced punishment was OK because he believed a felony conviction would destroy Koppenhaver’s career.

“I’m not interested in destroying somebody’s life,” Zatkow said, noting that fighting should stay in the ring.

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