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Hulk Hogan on War Machine situation: ‘He’s lucky it wasn’t Ronda Rousey’

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Hulk Hogan had some words for the former UFC and Bellator fighter known legally as War Machine. Born Jonathan Koppenhaver, the MMA fighter is currently being held without bail on seven felony charges stemming from an Aug. 8 attack on ex-girlfriend Christy Mack and another man.

Hogan does not approve. He addressed the incident toward the beginning of this video uploaded this week by X17.

“That’s not a good situation at all,” the WWE star says. “It’s not cool at all, brother.”

Hogan then adds: “He’s lucky it wasn’t Ronda Rousey; he could’ve been in trouble.”

Hogan’s comment, which he made off-the-cuff, seems more of a bizarre compliment to Rousey, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, than an actual view on the “uncool” situation, which, according to Mack, left her with numerous injuries, including 18 broken bones around her eyes, a broken nose, missing teeth, a fractured rib and ruptured liver, Fox Sports reports.

Some, however, are calling Hogan “insensitive” for his remarks, noting that he’s either advocating more violence in the already violent case, or insinuating that Mack could’ve prevented her own beating if she were stronger.

But considering Hogan also all but challenged current WWE champion and all-around freak-of-nature athlete Brock Lesnar in the same video, it’s probably safe to assume Hogan may not have realized what he was saying.

“Brock Lesnar, you need to bite your tongue when you’re throwing my name around,” the multi-generational WWE star said. Hogan might want to heed to his own advice, too.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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Marissa Payne · August 22, 2014