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UFC 84: Jon Koppenhaver Is a Fan Favorite, Despite Legal Trouble

Notes on a trip to Las Vegas.

Although he's not a star along the lines of Tito Ortiz or B.J. Penn, there was a sustained ovation for Jon Koppenhaver at Friday's UFC 84 weigh-in:

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The fan response to Koppenhaver is particularly interesting because Koppenhaver pleaded guilty to felony assault in connection with an incident last September. I've previously written that I thought a fighter with that kind of trouble out of the Octagon has the potential to damage the sport's reputation, but he's popular: Koppenhaver was featured last year on The Ultimate Fighter, and like many of the TUF fighters, he clearly has a loyal following.