A lethal combination

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By Jingo Quijano

Last Round

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

IT WASN'T exactly a match made in heaven- a Mixed Martial Arts fighter dating a porn star, but War Machine and Christy Mack certainly appeared larger than life with their flamboyant personalities and aberrant lifestyles.
And this one does not conclude in a bizarre break-up like my good buddy John Pages’ article on pro golfer Rory McIlroy and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki yesterday.

It’s a different kind of break-one involving 18 broken bones, a broken nose, several missing teeth, a fractured rib and a swollen liver.

CAREER. Jonathan Kopenhaver is an MMA fighter who legally changed his name to War Machine in 2008. He had a short stint in the UFC where he racked up a record of one win via knockout and one loss via submission.


He then signed up with Bellator Fighting Championships and other independent promotions. At present his MMA records stands at 15-5.
He also did some pornographic work and this is where he hooked up with Mack.

He was one of the most notorious athletes on Twitter as he would tweet on almost any subject, from his gym workouts, to his random observations on people, to his rather opinionated views on ethnic groups, politics etc.

From all indications, they tried to be a normal couple, but he would occasionally tweet pictures of him and his beau in several states of undress. (If you are not on Twitter, you probably should be. Follow me @thelastround)
But then things took a macabre turn.

VIOLENCE. Last Friday, War Machine came home to find Mack in bed with another guy and proceeded to beat them both senseless. He fled afterwards while Mack was admitted to the hospital. He is still at large with 7 warrants of arrest out.

In his Twitter account, War Machine he posted several messages, some of which are the following:

“@ChristyMack what I found and can’t believe what happened. All I wanted was to surprise you and help and do something nice..now this”

“I’m not a bad guy, I went to surprise my gf, help her set up her show and to give her an engagement ring and ended up fighting for my life.”

Yesterday however, on her Twitter account, Mack denied that she was caught having sex, but confirmed the assault upon her and her “fully clothed” friend. She also posted pictures showing the extent of her horrible injuries.

This was not the first time, War Machine has been in the crosshairs of the law. In 2009 he was arrested under suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. In 2010 he was sentenced to one year in county jail for a felony assault.

The reactions on Twitter to the incident have been varied and quite polarizing. Some claim that War Machine did what 90% of husbands would have done if they caught their wives cheating on them. Others insist that he knew what he was getting into by having a relationship with a porn star.

Still, I don’t think that justifies what he did, especially since Mack has denied being caught in an uncompromising situation.
This brings to mind another MMA-porn star collaboration that didn’t end up well.

Former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz began dating Porn star Jenna Jameson in 2006, which culminated in Jameson giving birth to twin boys in March 2009.

However, in April 2010, Ortiz was arrested on charges of domestic abuse but he countered that Jameson was also abusive and a drug user.

If anything, apparently porn stars and MMA fighters form a lethal combination.

THE BEGINNING. On the lighter side of MMA, I hope to run into you this Saturday night at the New Cebu Coliseum for an event called “The Beginning” presented by the Cebu Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Promotions.

Principally spearheaded by Yawyan Ardigma Martial Arts Federation Inc. this will be Master Ekin Caniga’s first foray into amateur MMA.

On the main event will be Lando “Alamid” Nacua of Team Yawyan Ardigma facing off against Raul “French” Carrere of the Unified MMA team in Mandaue City.

There will also be a children’s division bout and a ladies bout featuring Angel “Lawin” Sanchez against Brigette “D Rising Warrior” Torbiso.

LAST ROUND. It’s on my SHS-B ’89 batchmate Alvin Ginduy who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers!


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 13, 2014.


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