Jon Koppenhaver was a late replacement to the cast of the The Ultimate Fighter: Team Serra vs. Team Hughes (Wednesdays @ 10 pm EST on Spike) but it’s say to safe that he made a lasting impression on everyone – especially his coach, Matt Serra.
Last night, “the War Machine,” as he likes to be called, was eliminated from the show by Tommy Speer in a blood bath. It seemed as though victory was his for the taking when he landed a solid right hand and locked in a rear-naked choke but it was not meant to be as Speer overcame the submission attempt and dominated the rest of the first round as well as the entire second.
Following the loss, Serra paid him a compliment by saying he viewed the loss as a win (sure, it doesn’t make much sense but you know what he means). Serra and Koppenhaver seemed to have had a rocky relationship since day one but his performance in a losing effort must have pleased the Welterweight champ.
I spoke to “the War Machine” about his loss to Speer, being a late replacement on the show and his future in the UFC.
Jon Koppenhaver – 11/08/07