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War Machine choked out en route to the big house at Tachi Palace Fights 5 on July 9


So much for leaving on a high note.

War Machine, the artist formerly known as UFC washout Jon Koppenhaver, was submitted last night (July 9) by John Alessio in his final bout before serving a one-year prison sentence (beginning July 16) for his guilty plea stemming from felony assault charges earlier this year.

Tachi Palace Fights 5: "Stars and Strikes" also featured former WEC lightweight "Razor" Rob McCullough in his return to the win column with a technical knockout stoppage over Isaac de Jesus in the main event.

One-time "Ultimate Fighter" Gabe Reudiger continued to impress, finishing Lenny Lovato with a barrage of punches in the first round. Despite his less-than-stellar run on TUF 5, "Godzilla" has let his fists do the talking, winning six straight fights -- all of them stoppages.

Complete Tachi Palace Fights 5: "Stars and Strikes" results after the jump.

Rob McCullough (18-6) def. Isaac de Jesus (9-2) via TKO (punches) R1 4:31
David Mitchell (11-0) def. Poppies Martinez (18-7) via technical submission (triangle choke) R1 1:32
John Alessio (29-13) def. War Machine (11-4) via technical submission (rear-naked choke) R3 2:24
Michael McDonald (10-1) def. Cole Escovedo (16-5) via KO (punches) R2 1:12
Gabe Ruediger (17-5) def. Lenny Lovato (8-1) via TKO (punches) R1 3:25
Dominique Robinson (5-4) def. Dave Kaplan (2-4) via TKO (elbows) R3 0:57
Stephen Abas (2-0) def. Joey Delacruz (1-1) via unanimous decision R3 3:00
David Bollea (3-0) def. Cody Gibson (3-1) via submission (armlock) R2 0:31
Drew Bittner (4-0) def. Francisco Loredo (4-6) via unanimous decision R3 5:00

(Thanks to for the results.)

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