War Machine Issues Statement

Written by Tom Ngo
February 12th, 2009

It has not been the best week for former “The Ultimate Fighter 6” contestant Jon Kopenhaver, AKA War Machine. After suggesting that newly appointed President Barack Obama should be shot, which cost him his job, he followed that up with a scuffle inside of Krave Nightclub & Lounge in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking swings at security as he was being escorted out and arrested. For the first time since the weekend’s incident, War Machine has apologized via his MySpace blog.

“First, I need to admit that my comment regarding Obama was completely out of line,” Koppenhaver wrote. “In all sincerity I do not wish any harm done to the President and I realize that it was a very stupid thing to write so I am publicly apologizing to the President and to his supporters.”

On his previous blog entitled “F*** an Obama,” War Machine stated that he “hopes someone smokes the mother [expletive] and every other president who comes into office until there is an actual leader who is truly one of the people.”

It ultimately cost him his job with the start-up MMA organization, Bellator Fighting Championships. They had invited War Machine to compete in their middleweight tournament that is set to air on ESPN Deportes, which unfortunately for him is owned by the PC-conscious ABC.

“You can’t imagine the frustration of training day after day, week after week, year after year, to do one thing: FIGHT,” said Koppenhaver. “I was really looking forward to showcasing my ability in that tournament. There’s no way for you to imagine the heart break I felt when I found out that I wasn’t going to be able to compete. Looking back now, I realize that if I ran an up and coming professional organization like Bellator, I wouldn’t want my event associated with a “wild card” posting crazy shit about the President either. I understand why they did what they did. I admit that. I’m still pissed that I can’t compete in the tournament, but there is no one I can be pissed at other than MYSELF.”

War Machine has re-focused his energy towards the gym and making sure that he stays on the straight and narrow.

“A month ago I moved back to Las Vegas to take advantage of the training partners and resources at Xtreme Couture and I have been training harder and with more intensity and discipline than at any point in my life,” he wrote. “I only have one real goal in my MMA career: to prove to myself and to the world that I am the best. I know that I can compete against the best in the world and I can beat them. All over the underground people are saying that my career is finished, that I’m self-destructing, and that I’m a “loose cannon.” What I have to say to those people is this: WATCH ME. I am one of the hardest working fighters in MMA today. Though I admit I’ve made a couple of dumb decisions, I want the world to know that I will prove every critic wrong. I’ll fight wherever I can, and I’ll prove that I belong at the very top. I thank my supporters for sticking by me, and I dare my haters to bet against me.”

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