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War Machine, MMA fighter, sentenced to life in prison

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5/06/2017 KATE FELDMAN
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War Machine could spend the rest of his life in prison.

The MMA fighter, whose real name is Jonathan Koppenhaver, was sentenced Monday to life in prison, according to the Las Vegas NBC affiliate.

He could be granted parole after 36 years.

Mack, shown here in March, said in court Monday that she knew Koppenhaver would try to kill her if and when he gets out of prison. - Brett Le Blanc/AP © Provided by New York Daily News Mack, shown here in March, said in court Monday that she knew Koppenhaver would try to kill her if and when he gets out of prison. - Brett Le Blanc/AP In March, the 35-year-old ex-fighter was convicted of 29 charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Koppenhaver was accused of attacking his porn star ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas in August 2014.

Mack claimed that the fighter repeatedly hit her in the ear with the handle of a kitchen knife, “sawed off” her mohawk and beat her to the point of blacking out during the two-hour attack.

In court in March, she said the next thing she remembered after the attack was waking up in the shower without clothes on.

War Machine, also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, was sentenced to life in prison Monday for kidnapping and sexual assault of ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. - Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP © Provided by New York Daily News War Machine, also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, was sentenced to life in prison Monday for kidnapping and sexual assault of ex-girlfriend Christy Mack. - Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Mack suffered a lacerated liver, a broken nose, two lost teeth and a fractured rib.

She said Monday that she knew he would try to kill her if and when he gets out of prison.

After his conviction in March, Koppenhaver said he was happy about his possible life in prison.

“Would you believe me, though, if I said that I have nothing but joy inside, even now as I am sure to receive some type of life sentence? It's true. Often times I have heard men in neighboring cells go to their cells and cry after receiving such news, but how can I? How can I cry tears of sorrow over the circumstances responsible for saving my soul?” he wrote on Twitter.

“These circumstances are what has transformed me into a real man, how can I disrespect god by weeping over them? How much is a soul worth? Is a life sentence too high a price? Not at all, I gladly trade this false life in for the real one to come; I have been nothing but blessed by all of this.”

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