War Machine, fresh off a one-year jail sentence for a felony assault conviction, will make his return to fighting at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 4 on October 15.
War Machine (11-4) will meet Gideon Ray (17-13-1) at The Odeuom Sports & Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois.
War Machine, real name Jonathan Koppenhaver (he legally changed his name in 2009), appeared on the sixth season of The Ultimate Fighter where he was eliminated in the opening round by eventual finalist Tommy Speer. Drama in the house, though, kept War Machine in the spotlight.
After scoring a knockout victory at the season finale, War Machine given a fight in the UFC, but was defeated by Yoshiyuki Yoshida and released.
War Machine went on to go 6-2 in smaller promotions before his arrest and jail stint.
Ray is a three-time UFC veteran who also competed on TUF. He was part of the “Comeback” season, falling to eventual winner Matt Serra.
Ray lost his three fights with the UFC to Charles McCarthy, Mike Swick and David Loiseau.