War Machine briefly attended a court hearing in Ventura County yesterday to sign extradition papers which paves the way for him to be moved to Las Vegas where there’s currently multiple warrants out for his arrest in connection with an alleged incident involving his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack, including several counts of battery and assault with a deadly weapon.
War Machine went on the run after the incident in the early hours of Friday morning on August 8th in Las Vegas, but was found a week later hiding out in a long stay hotel in Simi Valley, California, about 30 miles outside of Los Angeles.
The former Bellator fighter’s attorney Brandon Sua told KTLA5 news yesterday that his client was unhappy with the way the story had been portrayed in the media and claimed that he wasn’t the bad guy that he was being made out to be.
“The hardest thing for my client is seeing the responses from the media, the public. There’s been a lot of statements on one side,” Sua said.
“The media has done a good job of painting my client as a monster, but my client is not a monster. He is a good guy.”
Sua further added that they would be giving War Machine’s side of the story “when the time is right” and added that his client had done, “nothing illegal.”
War Machine had previously stated on Twitter in the days following the incident that he had visited Mack to propose to her, but had discovered her with another man, since named as Corey Thomas, and had ended up, “fighting for my life.”
According to her police report given to the Las Vegas PD, Mack had been in bed asleep with Thomas when War Machine entered the room, but they were both fully clothed and were not involved in a sexual relationship at that time.
War Machine is alleged to have punched Thomas multiple times and choked him almost to the point of unconsciousness before telling him to get out, threatening to have his friends kill him if he reported the attack.
He then turned on Mack, and according to her account he beat her as he read through her text messages, before forcing her to shower in front of him while still being assaulted. Afterwards he told her, “That’s my p***y and I’m gonna take it back now,” though it’s believed he didn’t rape her. He does however have a misdemeanor lewdness charge for allegedly groping Mack.
War Machine is also reported to have used a blunt knife in the attack and according to Mack at one point he went to the kitchen to find a sharper blade and that was the point at which she fled the apartment naked in fear of her life.
As a result of the alleged assault Mack was left with serious injuries including 18 broken bones, facial injuries, missing teeth and a lacerated liver, while Thomas suffered two black eyes and a broken nose.
Based on the charges currently filed against him War Machine could face over 25 years in prison if he’s found guilty. The fighter has already spent two previous year-long sentences in jail related to two previous assault charges.