‘War Machine’ supporters claim self-defense in beating of ex-girlfriend

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War Machine booking photo (Ventura County Sheriff's Department)

War Machine booking photo (Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

VENTURA, Calif. — Supporters of a San Diego mixed-martial arts fighter accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend posted a recent picture of the woman to social media and questioned the severity of her injuries, according to a published report.

The woman, Christine Mackinday, who is also known as Christy Mack, confirmed on social media the picture posted by the group “Free War Machine” is indeed her. She said the picture taken last weekend was of her while she was out getting ice cream with a friend.

“You can see the damage to my face even in the dark and I can’t drive myself,” Mackinday replied on Twitter to the brother of Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver, who is the MMA fighter accused in the Aug. 8 attack.

War Machine’s supporters contend he was defending himself when he fought with Mackinday and another man, KTLA reported.

Las Vegas Metro police issued a warrant for 32-year-old Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine, in the attack at Mackinday’s home. After a week on the run, Koppenhaver was captured at a hotel in Simi Valley, CA. On Tuesday, he remained held at Ventura County Jail, awaiting extradition to Nevada.

In documents, investigators said War Machine appeared to have entered Mackinday’s home with a key he already had. He attacked Mackinday’s male friend who was in bed with her and then turned his attention to his ex-girlfriend, documents stated.

Police said War Machine punched Mackinday several times in the face and kicked her in the ribs. Citing Mackinday, police said her ex accused her of cheating on him. The two carried an on-again, off-again relationship over 15 months, documents stated.

Mackinday was treated at a local hospital with severe facial injuries as well as knocked-out teeth. A Las Vegas dentist has come forward to donate some temporary teeth until she can get a permanent set. The dental assistance was part of a larger drive to pay for Mackinday’s medical costs on the site Give Forward. Mackinday’s supporters said they hoped to raise $100,000 for her. As of Tuesday, the account has raised more than $85,000.


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