An analysis of the Christy Mack vs. War Machine situation – Why Porn & MMA are not a good match

***Update: Click here for Christy Mack’s statement as to what exactly happened and click here for (graphic) photos of her injuries.

It appears Jonathan Koppenhaver aka War Machine actually believes Christy Mack is his property and that he somehow has the right to give her a broken jaw.

It appears Jonathan Koppenhaver aka War Machine actually believes Christy Mack is his property and that he somehow has the right to give her a broken jaw.

An Alexandra Mayers fka Monica Foster commentary:

Yesterday morning I heard the news of a horrific, but not surprising, situation between pornstar Christy Mack and pornstar / MMA fighter Jonathon Koppenhaver aka War Machine.  Christy (and another unnamed victim) was allegedly assaulted in her home by War Machine resulting in a broken jaw and eye socket.  As of current Christy is in the hospital and has stated that she is afraid for her life.

There appears to be a $5000 reward posted by Christy’s friends and family for anyone who can assist the police in locating the MMA fighter who’s now classified as a fugitive.

I say that this situation is not surprising for a multitude of reasons…

Koppenhaver aka War Machine has an extensive history of physical violence.  I’ve noticed several people today on twitter (both porn and MMA fans) making mention of War Machine’s past and “victim blaming” by stating things along the lines of “well, she knew what she was getting herself into” and “she deserved what she got” (in regards to unsubstantiated rumors of Christy being unfaithful).  Such statements and mentalities are not healthy or helpful – and from my perspective is exactly why there doesn’t need to be a relationship between the pornographic industry and the MMA circuit.

War Machine's final tweets to Christy Mack as of 8.10.2014 - seems to me that in actuality he only loves HIMSELF.

War Machine’s final tweets to Christy Mack as of 8.10.2014 – seems to me that in actuality he only loves HIMSELF.

Both the pornographic and MMA industries are controlled by individuals (and draw fans) who embody an incredibly misogynistic mindset – a mindset which objectifies women and diminishes their value and worth as human beings.  The merger of the two industries has time and time again resulted in negative outcomes (for example, the Jenna Jameson vs. Tito Ortiz situation) and is shaping the values of the youth our society for the worse, rather than the better.

At 10:38pm PST on 08.10.14 pornstar Karmen Karma reveals that War Machine may have been unfaithful to Christy Mack & was trying to be with her sexually.

At 10:38pm PST on 08.10.14 pornstar Karmen Karma reveals that War Machine may have been unfaithful to Christy Mack & was trying to be with her sexually.

In my opinion, the bottom line is that Koppenhaver aka War Machine never respected, loved or cared about Christy Mack. I believe from the start he selfishly viewed her as nothing more than a commodity and a meal ticket (which is the exact same way he’s admitted to feeling about porn upon entering the pornographic industry).  Below I’ll explain in detail exactly what I mean…and at the end of this article you will find a chart as to how COMMON, ACCEPTED & TOLERATED Koppenhaver’s mentality & actions are within the social makeup of the pornographic industry (which has been a major contributor to his ability to thrive for as long as he has).

First lets look at a few details of Koppenhaver aka War Machine’s history:

Johnathan Koppenhaver aka War Machine grew up in southern California and was born to a father who ironically was a Los Angeles Police department officer and a mother who was a nurse (and later a stay at home mom).  Early in War Machine’s childhood – he may have developed a negative (and possibly hateful) view of and lack of respect towards women due to his mother allegedly having been an alcoholic and drug addict.  In the video interview below War Machine goes into detail about this element of his childhood.

 

 

click to enlarge: An interview as to how & why War Machine entered the porn industry. Though he thinks most female pornstars are "stupid" he took their advice and attempted a career as a pornstar.

click to enlarge: An interview as to how & why War Machine entered the porn industry. Though he thinks most female pornstars are “stupid” he took their advice and attempted a career as a pornstar.

A few years into Koppenhaver aka War Machine’s MMA career, he found himself in need money, so in 2009 he made the decision to enter the pornographic industry.  According to an interview from Middleeasy.com War Machine stated:

“My priority right now is to make good money and feed the War Machine. I’ve been fighting for seven years and MMA, I make a living but I don’t make enough money to save. I’m never going to be able to have enough to buy a house or buy a cool car. Right now, my main priority is making money. I want to do my best in the porn industry and I want to try to be one of the top, top porn guys, you know what I mean? So right now, porn is more important than MMA at the moment. I love to fight and I’m always going to fight, regardless of what happens.”

Shortly upon entering the pornographic industry, War Machine’s pattern of physical violence manifested between 2009 and 2010.  On one occasion he physically assaulted several people at a pornstar’s birthday party in California (which resulted in Derek Hay, who was his agent at one time, being hospitalized).  In another instance he was escorted out of an alternative Gay nightclub called Krave in Las Vegas, Nevada and arrested for physical assault.

Though much of the pornographic industry’s blogosphere stated that War Machine’s porn career was over after those instances of physical violence – they were wrong…

Next lets look at the relationship between Christy Mack and War Machine:

Shortly before War Machine's assault on Christy Mack, he posted this graphic of OJ Simpson on his Instagram account.

Shortly before War Machine’s assault on Christy Mack, he posted this graphic of OJ Simpson on his Instagram account.

At some point in time in early to mid 2013 Koppenhaver aka War Machine (then approx. 30 years old) met and began dating pornstar Christy Mack  (then approx. 21 years old) – which was shortly after his most recent release from jail in late 2012. From the beginning, the relationship displayed tumultuous overtones, hints of financial drain on Christy and signs of violence and abuse.

Though War Machine’s initial run in the pornographic industry was relatively brief (he only starred in around 12 adult movies) and felt that his agent, Derek Hay, hadn’t book him enough work – it appears that he realized that there was indeed money to be made from the porn industry.  Considering that War Machine would need money and sponsorships to continue fighting professionally (MMA fighters are not paid very much), War Machine it seems realized that a continued attachment to the porn industry, via his dating the very popular pornstar Christy Mack, could pave the way to his attaining the riches & fame he desired.

Christy Mack may have been funding War Machine's daily life & lifestyle.

Christy Mack may have been funding War Machine’s daily life & lifestyle.

In June of 2013 it was announced that War Machine had a new sponsor – the pornographic industry and adult entertainment brand known as the Puba Network (of which Christy Mack is a part of).  It appears that Christy Mack herself (independently) was also a sponsor of War Machine, as in several interviews and on twitter he made a point to thank her for her sponsorship.  This particular element is what leads me to believe that Christy may have been financing War Machine’s daily life and lifestyle – in the interview below she specifically states:

“He doesn’t get paid shit. Nothing. For all of those months of training that he does he gets a very small return…he doesn’t get paid during the training leading up to the fight…and if he wins the fight he gets an OK amount of money…but for me the ends…doesn’t seem worth the means. I know he see’s it that way also.  He often goes on twitter rants about it…”

 

War Machine trivializing the issue of rape.

War Machine trivializing the issue of rape.

It seems that War Machine had the agenda as using his sponsorship with the Puba Network as a platform to approach other adult industry and sexual aid type companies such as Trojan for sponsorship (click here to read an article posted on examiner.com outlining his “plea” for sposorship from Viagra).  What War Machine may have failed to realize though, was that his track record for physical violence isn’t exactly what corporate entities of any type are seeking to associate their brands with.

In August of 2013, MMA blogs such as Bloodyelbow.com reported some disturbing tweets from War Machine which definitely sent the wrong message to the young audience which much of the MMA fanbase is comprised of.  He stated that he’d “Raped” his girlfriend Christy Mack and that “Real Men Rape (their GF’s and wives…)”.  Though he later deleted the tweets and backpedaled, the tweet was disturbing none the less.

In November of 2013, several tweets were reported by

Deleted tweets from Christy Mack in regards to War Machine physically assaulting her in late 2013.

Deleted tweets from Christy Mack in regards to War Machine physically assaulting her in late 2013.

WhoaTV.com in regards to some tweets (which were later deleted) involving Christy Mack attempting to to break up with War Machine, an alleged abortion and a physical assault.

According to the report, the fight stemmed from an alleged post on Instagram by War Machine “joking” about getting a tattoo in memory of their allegedly aborted child.  Apparently Christy’s mother got involved which led to Christy’s attempt to end the relationship.  In addition Christy stated (in the deleted tweets) that War Machine full on physically assaulted her, took her phone away and threatened to kill her.

Christy Mack tweeting details about War Machine physically assaulting her.

Christy Mack tweeting details about War Machine physically assaulting her.

In December of 2013, BJpenn.com reported additional tweets from Christy Mack in regards to her attempt to end the relationship with War Machine.  Again, she stated details about the physical violence and abuse she’d suffered while with War Machine by tweeting to one of her followers who’d inquired about her “letting” War Machine beat her: “I didn’t let him. But I did stay after several slapping, choking unconscious, smothering, kicking and throwings.”

Many psychologists may point to the Christy’s inability to break free of War Machine being due to “Trauma Bonding“, which is defined as “a strong emotional attachment between an abused person and his or her abuser, formed as a result of the cycle of violence.” PhD Patrick Carnes developed the term to describe “the misuse of fear, excitement, sexual feelings, and sexual physiology to entangle another person.

I believe a primary reason why Koppenhaver aka War Machine may have been reluctant to allow the relationship with Christy Mack to easily end (though the cracks were beginning to publicly show – which were damaging to his reputation) had to do with his fear of losing the financial security he most likely enjoyed while residing with Christy, along with his sponsorship deal with the Puba network.

War Machine essentially knew that his latest sponsorships and contract with Bellator MMA were his last chance, and it’s quite possible that the pressure he was under to maintain his position led him to snap.

Since Christy Mack and another victim have been reported as being hospitalized by War Machine’s physical assault, War Machine has dropped off the radar and there’s no telling what actions he will take at this stage, since he’s essentially lost everything.

Last, lets look at how COMMON, ACCEPTED & TOLERATED War Machine’s behavior and mentality is in both the pornographic industry and the MMA circuit:

War Machine actually seems to believe Christy Mack is somehow his property!

War Machine seems to actually believe Christy Mack is somehow his property. Who in his social life has been reinforcing this sick mindset?

Just as the pornographic industry has put profits above the health and safety of performers for years (read up on the current political issues surrounding AB 1576 for evidence), it appears the MMA circuit has been indulging in the exact same behavior.

Like adult film actors, MMA fighters are independent contractors who often are not paid what they are worth and who’s entire livelihood is dependent upon their health and physical well being.   In addition, just like the adult film industry, if a fighter tests positive for any ailments that restrict him from fighting – he’s out of a job.

For both the MMA circuit and the pornographic industry, whether or not a performer has good character or is behaving badly in their personal life is not of much consideration…that is of course unless a performer’s (usually one who isn’t overly valuable) personal life behavior begins to reflect badly upon the industry they work in – hence Bellator’s swift cancelation of War Machine’s contract.  Neither the porn industry or the MMA circuit is really looking to evolve or change for the better – each simply cuts ties with anyone or anything the sheds light onto what’s really happening within their systems.

Jenna Jameson has lived a an experience very similar to that of Christy Mack.

Jenna Jameson has lived a an experience very similar to that of Christy Mack.

War Machine aka Koppenhaver’s misogynistic and abusive behavior was not an anomaly in the MMA circuit – IT IS THE NORM.  As I mentioned earlier in this post, porn superstar Jenna Jameson appears to have been in a strikingly similar situation to Christy Mack…HOWEVER the man she was with, Tito Ortiz, was far more established and protected by the MMA organization he is with than War Machine is – so due to the vast amount of revenue Ortiz generates, the mess in his life was spun in his favor by his handlers and the media.

Generally, people only continually behave in a manner which is accepted and tolerated by those they are surrounded by.  War Machine’s physical assault against Christy Mack (and another unnamed victim) WAS NOT HIS FIRST. People in War Machine’s social and professional circles (people attached to BOTH the MMA circuit and pornographic industry) have known for a long time about War Machine’s history, yet they all turned a blind eye due to the fame and money they hoped to be able to attain from being connected to him.

War Machine's violent behavior, objectification of women and bad attitude is not a good influence on today's youth.

War Machine’s violent behavior, objectification of women  and bad attitude reinforces the idea of women “deserving” to be assaulted. This is NOT GOOD.

As I stated earlier, many who follow the porn and MMA news have spent the day victim blaming on twitter. In response, I question “Why did the pornographic company (that Christy Mack is attached to) financially support and sponsor a man known to be as volatile and dangerous as War Machine?”

In other words, rather than people stating, “Christy should have been able to do her research and know what she was getting into”, they should be questioning: WHY DID THE PUBA NETWORK PUT PROFITS ABOVE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AND CHRISTY MACK?  

Those who control the Puba Network knew FULL WELL of War Machine’s history, but the publicity they stood to receive from sponsoring him (apparently in their view) outweighed the well being of one of their most popular girls.

The reality of the reason as to why no one within the pornographic industry is daring to put the Puba Network in the spotlight at this time, is due to a vast majority of men in the pornographic industry BEING ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENT THAN KOPPENHAVER AKA WAR MACHINE.

Just recently I interviewed a young pornstar not to different from Christy Mack by the name of Karmen Karma who (just like Christy) was physically assaulted by a man attached to the pornographic industry. Sasha Grey just this week stated to the press that she was physically assaulted by her boyfriend while she was working as an active pornstar.  I personally was sexually assaulted by a man attached to the porn industry who went by the name of Chase, and not only did well known porn director Will Ryder aka Jeff Mullen shield Chase’s identity and whereabouts from me, but as of today he is connected to individuals (such as a porn industry figure by the name of Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre – a man who has a history felony charges for physically assaulting his wife) who habitually mock my sexual attack on twitter.

The twitter accounts Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre associates with (@CindiSpiegler, @JojousLove, @TRPWL) all seem to think the issue of rape, abortion and physical assault is funny (as do many so called porn industry “professionals”) – so much so, the following graphic was created. The graphic is a parody of the game “bingo” which is comprised of names & subjects pertaining to me personally. “Chase” was the name of a man who sexually assaulted me while I was active in the pornographic industry (I explained about the situation a year ago on youtube).

A parody of bingo created by Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre's twitter associates to mock a sexual assault by a man who's alias was "Chase".This is a form of bullying & intimidation regularly used by people attached to the porn industry to silence individuals who speak out about being victimized. The thought process behind this tactic is that of a mentally ill individual.

A parody of bingo created by Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre’s twitter associates to mock a sexual assault by a man who’s alias was “Chase”. This is a form of bullying & intimidation regularly used by people attached to the porn industry to silence individuals who speak out about being victimized. The thought process behind this tactic is that of a mentally ill individual.

The porn industry's portrayal of pornstars being "deserving" of being "punished" by physical violence has corrupted many men's minds.

The porn industry’s portrayal of pornstars being “deserving” of being “punished” by physical violence has corrupted many men’s minds.

To conclude, it was probably extremely difficult for Christy Mack to tell any of her peers, let alone law enforcement, about the abusive situation she appears to have been trying to get away from due to the intimidating attitudes of not just the MMA circuit but the pornographic industry (which she is a part of and most likely feels loyal to).

In the porn industry, the attitude of “she’s a whore, so she deserves whatever happens to her” is widespread. It’s even reflected in the titles of adult film series and websites such as “Pornstar Punishment”.

I hope the Puba Network does the right thing and completely severs ties with not only War Machine, but the MMA circuit all together.  The pornographic industry has no place advertising to the MMA circuit audience (an audience comprised of many underage and impressionable teenagers). The merger of two industries filled with misogynists and a tolerance of physical violence towards women is a recipe for complete disaster, and if the connection between the two industries isn’t completely cut soon, I anticipate quite a few more situations like this one.

I sincerely wish Christy the best in her recovery.  Below is a chart of the similarities between Jonathan Koppenhaver and porn industry figure Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre – the amount of similarities between the two is frightening, but very typical of the type of man the pornographic industry often attracts.


2 jerks - War Machine aka Jonathan Koppenhaver and Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre
***As of tonight the twitter account @CindiSpiegler changed their avatar to a photograph of a pair of breasts in effort to pass the operator of the account off as being a female. In actuality it appears that the operator of the account is none other than Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre (he has about 50 twitter accounts) and at other times Whiteacre’s associate Sean Tompkins (a known bully and stalker). As you can see below, Whiteacre’s wife (who he’s regularly physically and psychologically abused) assists in promoting the account. The is the unfortunate reality of the types of individuals attached to today’s pornographic industry.

@CindiSpiegler is one of Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre's and Sean Tompkins' multitude of twitter accounts he uses to mine information from porn industry professionals.

Cindi Spiegler is one of Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre’s and Sean Tompkins’ multitude of twitter accounts they use to mine information from porn industry professionals.

The new avatar Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre & Sean Tompkins are using for the account @Cindispiegler in effort to convince people the operator of the account is a woman rather than himself.

The new avatar Ari Bass aka Michael Whiteacre and Sean Tompkins are using for the account @Cindispiegler in effort to convince people the operator of the account is a woman rather than 2 men in their late 40’s.

 

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