Fresh off a victory over Roger Huerta, Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver has signed to compete for Bellator Fighting Championships. Koppenhaver is 12-4 in his career, including previous stints with the UFC and BAMMA.
“Jon’s not had an easy road. And there’s no doubt he’s made some poor choices, but after having had conversations with him since his release, he really seems to understand where and why things went wrong and wants to make them right,” Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney said in a statement. “And, when he’s focused on nothing but training and fighting, he’s a talented and exciting fighter. I hope he’s able to turn this second chance into something positive.”
War Machine was a member of the Matt Hughes-Matt Serra season of The Ultimate Fighter. He entered as a replacement and was defeated in the first round. War Machine went 1-1 inside the Octagon, defeating Jared Rollins and falling to Yoshiyuki Yoshida.
On the personal front, War Machine has been sent to prison, had his father die in his own arms and been raised by substance-abusing mother.
“My past has kind of shaped and molded who I’ve become, but the mistakes I’ve made in the past have definitely made me realize that I have to avoid certain situations in order to be the type of person I want to be,” War Machine said in a press release.
This is the second time War Machine has been signed by Bellator, as the company also inked him to a deal back in 2009. However, Bellator released War Machine after he made disparaging political comments.