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Porn star recounts alleged beating at hands of MMA fighter

Updated Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 | 4:14 p.m.

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Christy Mack says she suffered severe injuries in a domestic violence dispute involving ex-boyfriend Jon Koppenhaver.

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The alleged victim of a vicious domestic attack last week involving a former UFC fighter says she feared for her life.

Porn star Christy Mack suffered 18 broken bones, broken teeth and a ruptured liver when her ex-boyfriend Jon Koppenhaver beat her in her Las Vegas home, Mack said in a statement she released on Twitter on Monday.

Court records dated Monday show the 32-year-old fighter known as War Machine is wanted on suspicion of domestic battery, strangulation, lewdness, assault and coercion stemming from an attack police say occurred on Friday.

Koppenhaver, who split from Mack in May, arrived at Mack's house — near Eastern Avenue and Desert Inn Road — at about 2 a.m. Friday to find Mack hanging out with a friend, Mack said.

Mack alleges that Koppenhaver, who legally changed his name to War Machine in recent years, beat her friend before forcing the friend out of the house and shifting his anger to her.

He forced her to undress and shower in front of him before he dragged her out and began beating her, Mack said.

Mack alleges Koppenhaver kicked her in her side, beat her face, and used a knife to cut her hands, ear and head, even slicing off her hair at one point.

"I believed I was going to die," she said. "He has beaten me many times before, but never this badly."

Fearing for her life, Mack ran out of the house when Koppenhaver left the room, she said.

She knocked on doors in the neighborhood until someone let her in and got her help.

Police are still searching for Koppenhaver, who they identified as the primary suspect in the attack. Mack says there is a $10,000 reward for Koppenhaver's capture.

Koppenhaver appeared in UFC's "Ultimate Fighter" TV show in 2007.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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