A professional mixed martial arts fighter accused of beating his porn star ex-girlfriend and one of her male friends tried to commit suicide in a Las Vegas jail, authorities said.
Jonathan "War Machine" Koppenhaver, 32, was found Tuesday in a cell at the Clark County Detention Center sitting on the floor with his feet resting on the bunk, Las Vegas Metropolitan police said in a statement.
The officer noticed what appeared to be a torn piece of linen around his neck that was tied to the leg of his bunk, police said.
The officer called to Koppenhaver several times, but he did not respond, according to police. When the officer went inside the cell he noticed that Koppenhaver was struggling to breathe, police said.
The officer cut the ligature from Koppenhaver’s neck and his breathing became less strained and he started to speak, police said.
Koppenhaver was moved to a medical isolation cell, where he was placed on suicide watch.
Police said they found a suicide note inside Koppenhaver’s cell.
Koppenhaver, a former porn actor, was booked into Clark County jail in August.
He's accused of beating adult film actress Christy Mack and her male friend at a Las Vegas home on Aug. 8 before fleeing to the Los Angeles suburb of Simi Valley, where he was arrested a week later.
Koppenhaver faces charges including attempted murder and dozens of assault counts.
Koppenhaver made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in 2007 and legally changed his name in 2008. He lost his only pay-per-view bout that same year.
He fought out of San Diego for a variety of promotions and had a 14-5 record as a welterweight. He lost his last fight, in Iowa, last October.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.