MMA Fighter War Machine Attempts Suicide in Jail

Image: Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver
Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, a mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine, appears in court Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in Las Vegas. Michael Quine / AP

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The mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine, charged with attempted murder and dozens of assault counts for brutally beating his former girlfriend and another man, tried to kill himself in a Las Vegas detention center, according to authorities. Clark County Detention Center officials said Jonathan Koppenhaver, 32 — known as War Machine in the MMA world — was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday with "a torn piece of linen around his neck that was tied to the leg of his bunk." An apparent suicide note was also found in Koppenhaver's cell, according to a statement from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Koppenhaver's vitals stabilized within 15 minutes, and he was moved to an isolation cell, where he was placed on suicide watch, the statement said.

Koppenhaver is charged with several counts of domestic battery and two counts of attempted murder for attacking adult entertainer, Christy Mack, and a man in her home in August. Koppenhaver will face at total of 32 charges at his preliminary hearing on Nov. 14, according to Clark County Detention Center records. Koppenhaver wrote in a tweet in August that he went to Mack's home to surprise her with a proposal, but "ended up fighting for my life." His verified twitter account has been active during his time in jail, filled with quotes and several poems. It is unclear how Koppenhaver has been tweeting while detained. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, inmates are not allowed to use personal electronics.


— Elisha Fieldstadt