Jorge Masvidal has been accused of attacking fellow UFC welterweight, Colby Covington during March of this year in Miami Beach in an altercation without notice, resulting in Covington suffering a “brain injury”. Masvidal was also issued a stay-away order from Covington at his latest court appearance this Thursday evening.
Jorge Masvidal, a two-time undisputed welterweight title challenger, headlined UFC 272 in March against Covington at the T-Mobile Arena, suffering a one-sided unanimous decision defeat over the course of five rounds.
In the weeks following the loss, Jorge Masvidal is alleged to have attacked Covington without notice outside Papi Steak in Miami Beach, Florida – leaving Covington with a fractured tooth, an abrasion to his wrist, and damage to his Rolex watch.
Arrested and booked into the Miami Beach Police Department, Masvidal posted $5,000 bail and was formally charged with aggravated battery and criminal mischief.
Jorge Masvidal is alleged to have attacked Colby Covington with a deadly weapon
The aforenoted count of aggravated battery, as per ESPN, cites language in obtained court documents detailing how Masvidal struck Covington with a deadly weapon – his HAND(s) or FIST(s), resulting in great bodily harm (brain injury). Masvidal has been issued a stay-away order from Covington, meaning he cannot be within 25 feet of the Clovis native, 500 feet from his residence, or contact him either directly or indirectly. Covington also maintained he was “in fear” of an attack from Masvidal.
Masvidal’s next court appearance was set for May 12 by Judge Zachary James, where he may obtain a date for trial. If convicted, Masvidal, a native of Miami, Florida, may face a period of up to 15 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
At the time of publication, neither Masvidal, nor Covington have been booked to fight by the UFC since their March matchup in Las Vegas, Nevada, however, the latter has been linked with a main event return against the #3 ranked, Khamzat Chimaev later this year.