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Bellator Cuts Phil Baroni Because of War Machine Incident?

August 19th, 2014

It appears Phil Baroni has been cut from Bellator. However, according to ProMMAnow.com, when asked if the cut was because of Baroni’s support for his friend Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, Bellator’s Director of Communications Anthony Mazzuca says the release was about cutting back Bellator’s roster.

“Not true at all. Phil has a great following and has been in the sport for a long time, but with Bellator moving to 15-16 shows in 2015, the roster needs to be scaled back accordingly.” – Anthony Mazzuca

 

**Update** Baroni deleted the tweet, stay tuned.

Story developing….

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Wait, what? Christy Mack Highly Recommends War Machine’s Lawyer

August 19th, 2014

Jonathan “War Machine” Koppenhaver, 32, has waived extradition and will return to Las Vegas to face charges in connection with the Aug. 8 assault of Christy Mack.

He was held on a felony charge of being a fugitive from justice, county jail records showed. In a Ventura court hearing that lasted only a few minutes, Koppenhaver signed his extradition papers. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom.

An attorney for Koppenhaver said his client has struggled with the response to the allegations against him.

“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,” said attorney Brandon Sua. “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.”

A statement would come “when the time is right,” Sua said, adding that his client did not do “anything illegal.”

Sua’s website has a glowing testimonial from Christy Mack:

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Click on the testimonial to see for yourself. Or not, looks like Christy might have changed her mind, it appears the testimonial has been removed.

What now?  Did Bellator Really Just Cut Baroni Because of War Machine?

Koppenhaver is from Simi Valley and Las Vegas police had suspected he returned to Southern California after the assault.

He was arrested by police with the help of the U.S. Marshals Service in a hotel room where investigators found pizza and a small amount of cash.

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