The Ultimate Fighter 6 cast member and fan favorite Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver is eyeing a possible move to the UFC’s 155-pound lightweight division. Koppenhaver revealed the news in a recent MySpace bulletin according to MMA Junkie.
Koppenhaver (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was not an original member of the sixth season of the UFC reality series but was brought in as a replacement when Roman Mitichyan was forced out of the competition as the result of a broken elbow. Koppenhaver was defeated by eventual runner-up Tommy Speer in the opening round of the welterweight tournament but returned on the finale of the season to defeat Jared Rollins in a “Fight of the Year” candidate. Standing nearly six-feet tall, Koppenhaver would hold a distinct height advantage over other lightweight competitors including 5-foot, 9-inch champion BJ Penn and 5-foot, 6-inch contender Sean Sherk.
Following his appearance on the show, Koppenhaver has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In December he plead guilty to a felony assault charge stemming from a September 2nd incident at a training center in San Diego in which a man was hit in the face and choked unconscious. The plea agreement, which is expected to reduce the crime to a misdemeanor, should allow Koppenhaver to avoid major punishment when he is sentenced later this month.