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MMA fighter War Machine wanted as primary suspect in battery case

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MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, known by his fighting name "War Machine," is being sought by Las Vegas police as the primary suspect in a domestic dispute that sent his "significant other" to the hospital, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

According to the New York Daily News, Koppenhaver's girlfriend Christy Mack is recovering from "severe but non-life threatening" injuries sustained in a beating on Friday, with Koppenhaver's location remaining unknown by police early Monday. Police reportedly suspect he might be headed to San Diego. 

Koppenhaver was a Bellator MMA fighter, and the organization announced it is releasing him from his contract with Bellator, citing a "zero tolerance policy" relating to domestic violence. 

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Koppenhaver sent out a series of tweets about the situation on Saturday and Sunday, including tweeting Mack that he is "so heartbroken" and will "always love you."

According to the Review-Journal, Koppenhaver was arrested in 2009 on a felony charge of domestic violence with strangulation, which was dismissed. He was also arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence with battery, which he pleaded guilty to. 

In 2011, he was the subject of a negligence lawsuit that alleged he beat up a club patron while working as a bouncer. 

- Molly Geary

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