Two-time UFC welterweight title challenger, Jorge Masvidal has commented on his recent physical altercation with former interim champion, Colby Covington last month, claiming there are “lines you don’t cross” when it comes to professionalism in the mixed martial arts sphere.
Masvidal, who most recently headlined UFC 272 against former training partner, Covington at the beginning of March – suffered a one-sided unanimous judging loss to the Clovis native, before the two were then involved in a physical altercation two weeks later.
Allegedly attacking Covington without notice outside Papi Steak in Miami Beach, Florida – Masvidal is alleged to have punched Covington on multiple occasions with a closed fist, leaving him with a fractured tooth, an abrasion to his wrist, and an estimated $15,000 worth of damage to Covington’s Rolex watch.
Masvidal was subsequently arrested and booked into Miami Beach Police Department, where he was formally charged with aggravated battery and criminal damage, before he was released on bail ahead of a hearing later this month. Covington further formally pressed charges against the Florida native.
Jorge Masvidal comments publicly for the first time on his altercation with Colby Covington
Appearing on Logan Paul’s podcast, Impaulsive this week, Masvidal commented publicly for the first time on his physical altercation with Covington in Miami Beach.
“(There’s) lines that you don’t cross, I don’t care how much I dislike any of you,” Jorge Masvidal said. “I’m not gonna talk about your moms, your kids, I don’t care about your significant other. For my problems with you, then you, I come at. I definitely think there has to be lines drawn because if not, it’ll just keep going and going.”
“And when you’re involving other people, like, if I was to say something about your wife, let’s say, you get home and then you have to answer to your wife, I’m putting you in a f*cked up spot for no reason,” Jorge Masvidal explained. “That’s not professional, right? That’s on your personal. So then, if you, one day, see him, and you’re like, ‘Yo, what’s all this sh*t you were talking about?’ It’s no longer professional. It’s back to the personal.”
Masvidal then claimed that the sport either has to take things to a professional level when it comes to pre-fight, or post-fight trash talking.
“We keep it either professional, or we don’t,” Jorge Masvidal said. “And though I come from an environment that’s way different than with the pro fighting side.”