Jon Koppenhaver. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Remember when Jon Koppenhaver was put to sleep via anaconda choke by Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 84? Well Bruce Buffer didn’t use his nickname when introducing him and there’s apparently reason behind that. Something to do with TNA Wrestling according to Koppenhaver’s latest MySpace blog:
SO in case you didn’t notice in my last fight the UFC did NOT use my nickname when I fought. Turns out some gay ass wrestling federation threatened to sue them because they recently named one of their wrestlers The War Machine Rhino and trademarked the name.
Too fuckin’ bad that I have been using this name for 6 years, have it tatted on my body and it is what my fans yell out when I’m fighting. If you know my personality then you know damn well I am not gonna let some faggot ass, FAKE wrestler steal MY name…SO 6 weeks ago I filed a change of name request and today I had court to make my name officially WAR MACHINE.
Fuckin’ funny right? Didn’t really wanna have to do it but I am sure as hell not lose MY nickname.
The last “professional athlete” of note to do this was the Ultimate Warrior and we all know how he turned out. For what its worth, the UFC still has Koppenhaver listed under his real name on their website. He isn’t scheduled to fight as of right now either so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he’s telling the truth.
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