HBO: Domestic Violence Rate In MMA Fighters More Than Doubles National Average

Written by Tom Ngo
July 22nd, 2015

War Machine

On Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” it was revealed that a public records search conducted by the show found that per 100,000 American men, there was a domestic violence arrest rate of 360.

Within that same sample size, there were 210 NFL players and 750 MMA fighters, which more than doubles the national average.

The show focused primarily on last year’s vicious domestic violence assault involving former UFC and Bellator MMA fighter War Machine (pictured), formerly known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, and ex-girlfriend Christy Mack, a retired adult film star.

War Machine allegedly attacked Mack and her male friend after finding them in Mack’s Las Vegas home. After assaulting the male, War Machine turned his attention on Mack, a regular occurrence that Mack claims started just four months into their tumultuous relationship.

Mack suffered 18 broken bones around her eye, a fractured nose, broken and missing teeth, a fractured rib, ruptured liver, several lesions from a knife and much more at the hands of War Machine.

War Machine is currently in jail awaiting trial. He claimed to HBO that he was defending himself against an “ambush.”

War Machine wasn’t the only MMA fighter HBO discussed. Last year, “The Ultimate Fighter 11” constant Kyacey Uscola was found guilty of domestic abuse and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Former UFC and WEC veteran Josh Grispi was also arrested in 2014 for allegedly ordering his dog to attack his wife. Anthony Lapsley, who competed for the UFC as recently as May 2014, has three separate convictions.

The UFC briefly brought back Thiago Silva last September even after he was accused of assaulting his wife with a gun. After gathering additional information, the UFC quickly cut ties with Silva again.

As far as current UFC fighters who have been linked to domestic violence, there wasn’t a shortage there, either.

Lightweight Michael Johnson and former light heavyweight top contender Anthony Johnson were each accused in separate cases of domestic abuse last year.

The UFC lifted their temporary suspensions on both fighters after they cleared their cases in court.

UFC lightweight Abel Trujillo has also been convicted of domestic abuse on two separate occasions.

Earlier this month, Jenna Reneé Webb broke things off with longtime boyfriend Travis Browne after insinuating the #5 ranked UFC heavyweight had physically assaulted her by publishing some graphic Instagram pictures.

Neither Browne nor the UFC have yet to publicly address the situation, but Browne’s manager disputes the allegations.

“The prevention of domestic violence and the education of the athletes is of the utmost important to the organization,” the UFC expressed to HBO in a statement. “UFC holds its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action if and when warranted.

“UFC requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible matter, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. The organization will not tolerate domestic violence, sexual assault, or any other violation of the policy. Every athlete is deserving of due process and all official allegations will be duly reviewed and thoroughly investigated by an independent party.”

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