Jorge Masvidal charged with assault and battery in Miami
Colby Covington scored a lopsided unanimous decision over Jorge Masvidal when they met earlier this month at UFC 272, but apparently they have unfinished business.
Masvidal was charged with assault and battery, according to a Miami Beach police report obtained by ESPN. The victim, who lost teeth, was not identified after claiming that right under Marsy’s Law, Ernesto Rodriguez, Miami Beach’s public information officer, told ESPN.
But, Masvidal tagged Covington in a tweet and said in the accompanying video, “You talk that s—, you gotta back it up. That’s how my town rolls, man.”
TMZ, which obtained video of the incident that shows police at the scene outside the Miami Beach hotspot Papi Steak, filmed Covington saying, “He’s here swinging, trying to come at me, and I ran. … How does he know I’m here?
Masvidal manager Malki Kawa did not respond to a message seeking comment.
The victim told police, after responding at 10:55 p.m. ET, that he was attacked by Masvidal as he walked away from the restaurant. According to the victim, Masvidal ran from the left and sucked him off twice. One punch was to his mouth and the other to his left eye. During the attack, the victim claims that Masvidal said “you shouldn’t have talked about my children”. Masvidal repeated a similar statement on social media.
The victim suffered a fractured left tooth and an abrasion on the left wrist. Masvidal, according to the victim’s account, wore a blue surgical mask and a hoodie that covered his head. He was able to identify Masvidal, he said, by his curly hair sticking out of the hoodie in addition to his voice and the upper half of his face.
Masvidal, 37, is originally from Miami, while Covington now resides in the city. The friends-turned-foes exchanged heated words ahead of their UFC bout, which was named Fight of the Night.
The loss was Masvidal’s third straight, including two losses to Kamaru Usman, in his attempts to win the UFC welterweight championship. He signed an extension with the UFC before the fight.
Covington, 34, bounced back from his own loss to Usman with the win over Masvidal. He is currently ranked No. 2 by ESPN at welterweight.