Jonathan Koppenhaver, the former UFC and Bellator fighter also known as War Machine, rejected two separate plea deals for his assault case against ex-girlfriend Christy Mack in Clark County District Court on Thursday.
The news, first reported by Las Vegas outlet KSNV, means that Koppenhaver’s case will now move forward with a trial date set for Feb. 27.
Koppenhaver, 35, faces over 30 charges including two counts of attempted murder for an alleged brutal assault carried out against Mack and her friend, Corey Thomas, in Aug. 2014 which left Mack suffering from numerous injuries included a punctured lung and several broken bones. The attempted murder charges carry a possible sentence of life in prison.
Koppenhaver has been incarcerated since his apprehension in mid-2014.
On Thursday, the former MMA fighter turned down two separate plea deals offered by the state of California — one for 16 years to life in prison, and the other for 18 to 40 years. After several delays, his trial is now scheduled to begin next month.
Koppenhaver fought for both the UFC and Bellator during his 10-year mixed martial arts career, accumulating a record of 14-5. He suffered a technical submission loss to Ron Keslar in Oct. 2013 at Bellator 104, a result that will likely end up marking the final fight of his MMA career.
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