Sunday, February 22, 2009

War Machine (Jon Koppenhaver) learning the price of poor decisions

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Before you can figure out what drives a human being, it's generally important to at least know what to call them.

For the controversial UFC veteran known as "War Machine," that can be a difficult task -- though the 27-year-old recently told TAGG Radio (, the official radio partner of (, calling him Jon Koppenhaver is just fine.

"Legally, it's War Machine," Koppenhaver said. "That would be kind of cheesy to go, 'Hey, how's it going? My name's War. Mr. Machine.'"

Much to the befuddled amusement of many MMA observers, the California native legally changed his name to War Machine in August 2008 after TNA wrestling laid claim to the trademarked name. Koppenhaver said the name has caused its share of predictable confusion. For that reason alone, Koppenhaver is still comfortable with using his birth name.

"I was at the DMV and the chick for my ID was looking around and she was like, 'Mr. Machine?'" Koppenhaver said. "I go by Jon. I just did that for legal purposes."

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