But of course, as so many domestic violence victims detail, that didn't really fix anything.
A relationship that began with tenderness turned into something close to the exact opposite.
In court documents outlining 36 different charges against Koppenhaver, including attempted murder, the violent details are hard to read.
(Please note that much of what you're about to read came from Mack, Thomas, the police report and the prosecution.
When War Machine fought on an MMA card, she was the notoriously beautiful porn star who was cage-side at all of his fights.
She says the violence began to carry over from the cage to home life, though.
"So when I'd look in the mirror, it's not me -- that person wasn't me.
It's so hard to go every day without being you anymore." Yet, after all the broken bones, a ruptured liver and a thigh bruise so deep that she couldn't walk for a week, Mack is back to being unmistakably herself in a crew neck blue sweater and jeans. It's a warm day on the cusp of springtime, when living in Las Vegas feels like cheating the misery of winters growing up in a small Midwestern town like Edinburgh, Indiana.Sitting on a white leather couch in her gated home a few miles off the Las Vegas Strip, Mack has decided that, new face or old, she feels good again.And she can even laugh about the stuff that still feels weird.He had served jail time already after multiple arrests, most of which involved fighting at bars.She didn't know about those issues until she was already in love. Mack didn't feel well (it was pneumonia), and he offered to come to her hotel and take care of her.In just a few short years, Christy Mack went from being a quiet Midwestern wife to a renowned porn star and cage-side regular as the girlfriend of former UFC fighter Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver. But the way her muscles healed after the attack, she now needs glasses. "They're cute." Her mouth has a different shape after so many teeth were broken.