On July 15, 2011 War Machine was released from jail. His freedom was short lived as he was sent back behind bars for previous offenses. Upon reentering society, an ACL tear and broken fibula then sidelined his Bellator debut even longer and War Machine apparently debated taking his own life.
“For the first couple weeks, I was suicidal,” said War Machine to MMA Junkie. “Everything was just so overwhelming at first. Trying to get back in shape wasn’t easy at first, either. Of course, all of my teammates were beating me up and my body was just really weak from all the malnourishment of being in prison. I’ve never been seriously injured like that before.”
That drastic action didn’t occur and War Machine debuts later today at Bellator 96 against Blas Avena. It will be his first fight since November 2011 as he looks to improve his 12-4 record.
Avena is a former WEC fighter who just joined Bellator. He needed less than two minutes to dispose of Lenny Lovato in February.
The welterweights open the main card of Bellator 96. It airs live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. ET today, June 19.