War Machine arrest warrant issued

Updated: August 12, 2014, 9:43 PM ET
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LAS VEGAS -- Police have issued an arrest warrant for former Bellator welterweight fighter and porn actor War Machine after his ex-girlfriend posted graphic photos of her swollen and beaten face online and alleged he beat her and a friend so severely that she feared for her life.

The woman, Christy Mack, said she was able to eventually escape out a back door and run naked through her neighborhood, knocking on doors until someone helped her get to a hospital.

[+] EnlargeWar Machine/Jon  Koppenhaver
Keith Mills/Sherdog.comCops have issued an arrest warrant for War Machine on suspicion of assaulting his ex-girlfriend after he showed up unannounced at her Vegas home.

Court records filed Monday say the 32-year-old is wanted on suspicion of domestic battery, strangulation, lewdness, assault and coercion in the attack early Friday. The fighter's name was Jon Koppenhaver until he legally changed it to War Machine in 2008.

War Machine, who appeared on the reality show "The Ultimate Fighter," did not immediately respond to a voice mail seeking comment Tuesday. Police issued the warrant Tuesday following its investigation.

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker announced Friday his promotional company was dissolving its contract with the fighter in light of the accusations.

"We have a zero tolerance policy here at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence," Coker said in a statement.

Mack posted photos and a statement about the alleged attack on her official Twitter account Monday. Mack has appeared in dozens of pornographic movies, according to her IMDB profile.

According to Mack's statement, War Machine showed up unannounced at her house, found her and her friend unarmed, and beat her friend without uttering a word.

Mack said War Machine sent away the friend and turned to her, forcing her to shower before knocking out some of her teeth and breaking bones in her face. She wrote that she feared for her life as he sawed off her hair with a dull knife.

She said War Machine had been abusive in the past and broke up with her in May.

"After many months of fear and pressure to keep this man happy," Mack wrote, "I feel that I can no longer put myself in this situation."

Mack is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to War Machine being taken into custody.

War Machine is known for being active on Twitter. His most recent post was at 9:14 a.m. ET on Friday and stated, "I can't believe this .... I must be cursed."

The welterweight fighter made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut during the 2007 season of "The Ultimate Fighter," but he didn't last long for the promotion.

War Machine lost his only pay-per-view bout in 2008 and moved on to fight for a variety of MMA promotions over the past five years. He fought three times for Bellator last year, losing his final bout in October 2013.

War Machine, who also starred in porn films, has run into a string of legal issues over the years. His record includes a 2012 conviction for attempt to commit battery with substantial bodily harm.

The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto contributed to this report.

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