Judge Seeks Harsher Sentence for War Machine

Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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Former UFC Fighter Has Been in Trouble Before: Lawyer

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A judge says he is not inclined to honor a plea deal for former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor War Machine and thinks the case calls for state prison.

Judge David Danielsen was scheduled Thursday to sentence the 28-year-old fighter to a year in jail for assaulting two people and violating probation on another case. But Danielsen rescheduled the sentencing for Aug. 24, saying War Machine's assertion that he had not read the terms of the plea deal and statements he made to a probation officer have made him reconsider.

The judge says the fighter's words and action show "a certain disrespect to anybody other than himself."

Jon Koppenhaver legally changed his name to War Machine, which led to some surreal moments in court when prosecutors and Judge Charles Rogers referred to the defendant as "Mr. Machine."

The fighter has been arrested several times in the past for fighting outside of the ring, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2007. He was already on probation for that incident.

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