According to a June 21 report from MMA Junkie, War Machine already has his eyes on his next challenge inside the Bellator MMA cage.
By all accounts, the 31-year-old is focused on duking it out with Ben Askren in a battle for Bellator MMA gold.
“I want to fight Ben Askren for the belt,” War Machine said. “That’s who I want to fight.”
War Machine said that ring rust didn’t play a factor during his Bellator 96 bout against Blas Avena, and that he’s good to go for a bout against Askren.
“That’s the thing with ring rust: It doesn’t exist that much,” War Machine told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) after stopping Avena, in his first MMA fight in nearly two years. “You fight like 40 fights in the gym before you ever come to the real fight. But I won’t lie, I was a little more nervous than usual. I felt a little weird in the beginning of the fight. I watched the fight on TV, and I looked fine, but I guess I felt a little different.
“In the back of my head, I’m scared that one day (the ACL is) going to eventually tear all the way through,” he said. “Just a bunch of little things like that. Obviously pressure. Blas is a tough guy. Everyone here is tough in Bellator, and I want to win. You want to win. We don’t make that much money, and if you lose, you get half as much money. You want that money. You want to eat. That adds to the nerves.”
War Machine’s Bellator 96 fight got a little extra attention because his girlfriend, Christy Mack, made a cameo on Spike TV during the broadcast.
War Machine was previously linked to California-based submission ace Rachael Cummins, but they apparently broke up a few months back.
Some fight fans also briefly thought that he’s dating Invicta FC strawweight contender Bec Hyatt, but War Machine explained that they are just a “Twitter couple.”
So who exactly is War Machine’s new girlfriend?
Mack, winner of Miss FreeOnes 2013, is an adult actress with a unique look and personality.
Mack has gained a loyal following because she has model-esque good looks, along with a straight-edge approach and fun-loving attitude.
She is one of the top talents in the industry in multi-partner scenes, and fans enjoy her adorable tattoos.
No word yet on when War Machine returns to the Bellator MMA cage, but for now fight fans are just happy his life is back in order and that he’s able to enjoy time in a committed relationship.
For now, it seems likely that Mack will appear cageside for War Machine’s next Bellator MMA bout.
Fight fans can check out War Machine via Twitter at @WarMachine170, and Mack is also on the popular social media networking site. MMA supporters can check her out at @ChristyMack.