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UFCs Jon 'War Machine' Koppenhaver faces felony assault and battery charges (Update)

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Jon War Machine KoppenhaverUPDATE: Kopenhaver has pled guilty in the case mentioned below and could now face misdemeanor charges. He will be sentenced on February 7, 2008. For more details click here.

Recent contestant on season six of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver, was hauled in today before a California Superior Court Judge on charges that he allegedly choked a man unconscious and punched him in the grill on September 2, according to the San Diego Tribune.

The victim in the case claims that he did not see who broke his face in the confrontation. Furthermore, an independent witness at the scene of the crime testified that Koppenhaver was involved in the incident but was not the one responsible for the damage.

"War Machine" faces a maximum of seven years in the clink if the case goes to trial and he is convicted.

Not the best news to receive just after perhaps the crowning achievement of his mixed martial arts career, stopping Jared Rollins at the TUF 6 Finale earlier this month in a three-round welterweight crowd-pleasing war.

Hopefully in the end the truth prevails and Koppenhaver is cleared of the charges ... if he is indeed innocent.

(Thanks to MMAmania.com readers "Gregg" and "Mr. NC-17" for the assist.)