Prior to news that ex-Bellator welterweight Jon 'War Machine' Koppenhaver was apprehended Friday in Simi Valley, California, UFC president Dana White gave his take on the events that led to the fighter's arrest. Koppenhaver was wanted by the Las Vegas Police Department on seven arrest warrants following an alleged assault that took place Aug. 8 and left his former girlfriend, Christy Mack, and a male acquaintance hospitalized.
"It's horrible," White told media members Friday in Bangor, Maine. "Horrible ... and every time I've got to see, 'Ex-UFC fighter' when the stories are written. He fought twice! Six years ago! He was a current Bellator, Viacom fighter. I had my staff calling these reporters. 'We don't know what Bellator is' and I said, 'Ever heard of Viacom? That's who he fights for. He fights for Viacom. Not the UFC.'
White went on to explain how 'unfair' it was for the UFC's brand to be associated with the savage beating of a woman.
"They want clicks," said White. "They want clicks. They want readers. Come on. How unfair is it? A guy fought two times, six years ago and he's an ex-UFC fighter. He's been a Bellator fighter since they started Bellator or however long it's been years. He's been fighting for them. I get it, not everybody's heard of them, but it's frickin' Viacom."
White was also asked for comment on former UFC featherweight prospect Josh Grispi, who was arrested twice in four days after allegedly assaulting his wife. On Aug. 5, Grispi pleaded innocent to "two counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of violating a restraining order, animal cruelty, malicious damage to a motor vehicle, drug possession to cultivate marijuana and improper storage of a large capacity firearm and rifle or shotgun near a child" in Massachusetts' District Court.
"Let me tell you what. We all know War Machine. When you hear something like that, it's horrifying to hear about it, but Grispi? I never saw that coming. That kid didn't seem to have that type of demeanor. You never know.
"It's sad and it's horrifying. It's bad news. Terrible."
Koppenhaver will appear in Ventura County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.
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Wasn't pretty but got the job done. Had to work around some things in camp w/ some injuries & he was a tough dude. Thx to my team at Power.— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) August 17, 2014
All the hard work dedication to get through a training camp is all worth it for the ecstasy of victory... http://t.co/jlC6KlvxB5— Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) August 18, 2014
Had this dream more times than I can remember. http://t.co/TEHWp2K6Zr— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) August 17, 2014
Winning is a great feeling! http://t.co/GfmrQ1fAem— Shawn Jordan (@savageshawn) August 17, 2014
É Brasil!!!! É Santa Catarina, é Floripa!!!! Energia boa com os brasileiros aqui em bangor... http://t.co/RrsHShs9yV— Thiago Tavares UFC (@TavaresMMA) August 17, 2014
Galera obrigado a todos dever cumprido agora e voltar para casa e treinar mais e mais obrigado a todos... http://t.co/FqMjqZCzDS— JussierFormigaUFC (@JussierFormiga) August 17, 2014
Thanks for all of the support! Lauren Murphy is one tough cookie n it was awesome to battle her. Tweaking my ground work n right back at it— Sara McMann (@Sara_McMann) August 17, 2014
Just on the plane heading home. I just need to heal this up a bit lively, and get back to it! Thank you Bangor, Maine pic.twitter.com/bwOif8kKWV— Thomas E Watson (@TomKongWatson) August 17, 2014
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Better luck next time.
Thank you all for the love and support! Much appreciated! Just a bump in the road, but I promise I'll be back even better!! On to the next!!— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) August 17, 2014
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Made it to L.A just in time for a shopping trip solo =) later meet up with the ladies mani/pedi & dinner thanks to @foxsports1— Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) August 17, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via DirtyBird2.
One of the biggest fights in the HW division in general and on the prospect scene happened today. As Marcin Tybura took on Damain Grabowski in the first round at M-1 Challenge 50: Battle On Neva. Marcin came in with a lot of hype a ground speciailist with a very well rounded game. Up until this bout Grabowski's only defeat came in Bellator at the hands of now retired Cole Konrad. If Grabowski won he said he would vacate his title and got to the ufc. Guess that's not happening. Now onto the breakdown. The fight starts out the same as any both fighters come to the center of the ring circling around throwins faints. Tybura comes in, gets Grabowski against the ropes, uses come dirty boxing. Grabowski throws a knee. Tybura catches it, takes him down immediately to side control. throws that arm over the head and just moves and chokes him out with a north south. It was a thing of Beauty. Marcin Tybura m-1 grand prix, and HW champion perfect 12-0.
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