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The War Machine is coming to Chicago. Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver is set to make his return to the cage against Gideon “The Gladiator” Ray at Chicago Cagefighting Championship IV on Saturday, October 15 at the Odeum in Villa Park.

Fresh off a one-year bid in prison, War Machine will try to resurrect what was once a promising career. He was a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Hughes vs. Team Serra”, and went 1-1 in the UFC. He was then dropped by the UFC, but put together a string of 5 wins in other promotions.

But he ran into trouble with the law and was arrested on multiple occasions. He ended up doing a year in jail and was released this July.

He’ll have a tough fight in Gideon Ray. Ray is well-rounded and experienced, having fought locally at XFO, Ironheart Crown, TFC and Hoosier Fight Club. He’s best know for his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” and time in the UFC. Ray has dropped two straight and three of his last 4 fights. He coaches and fights out of MMA Masters in Chicago,.

Here is the rest of the card as it stands right now.

140# Chico Camus Vs. Jared McMahan
155# Josh Shockley Vs. Michael Santiago
165# Dan Gilbert Vs. Ryan Bixler
155# Mike Corey Vs. Herman Torrado
140# Carson Beebe Vs. Danny Aguirre

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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