MMA - Former UFC fighter 'War Machine' jailed for life over assaults

Life sentence: Former MMA fighter 'War Machine' Jonathan Koppenhaver (AFP Photo/Handout)

- The former mixed martial arts fighter known as "War Machine" was jailed for life on Monday following his conviction for the brutal sexual assault and beating of his porn-star ex-girlfriend in 2014. The 35-year-old former UFC fighter -- real name Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver -- had been found guilty by a jury in March of 29 felony counts related to the attacks of his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas. The jury was unable to agree on two counts of attempted murder. Koppenhaver was told by Las Vegas judge Elissa Cadish that he will be eligible for parole in 36 years. It followed harrowing testimony from Mack, who told the court on Monday that she still fears for her life. Thomas was choked and punched for several minutes while Mack was left with a fractured eye socket, other facial fractures, a lacerated liver, broken ribs and two lost teeth.

AFP