Jorge Masvidal He pleaded no contest Monday to a misdemeanor battery charge in a case stemming from an alleged attack on his former friend and UFC rival. Colby Covington In March 2022, Masvidal’s attorney Sam Zangenah confirmed with ESPN.
Two felony charges Masvidal faced, one for aggravated battery and another for criminal mischief, were dropped in a plea deal. Masvidal was sentenced to time served — he spent several hours in jail and made multiple court appearances over the past 20 months — and court costs.
Masvidal’s case is considered a guilty plea with credit for time served, according to Miami-Dade County court records.
Masvidal posted a video on Instagram with the caption: “Victory Monday!”
Masvidal is accused of attacking Covington outside a steakhouse in Miami Beach on March 21, 2022, punching him twice. The incident occurred a little more than two weeks after Covington defeated Masvidal in a UFC fight, which featured a heated building and trash talk in which Masvidal took exception to what Covington said about Masvidal’s children. Masvidal and Covington were best friends and roommates before an ugly split.
“This case was bulls—,” Bradford Cohen, who is also a Masvidal attorney, wrote on Instagram. “Colby threatened to kill my client on sight. Instead of living with that threat, he ran and hid behind the hostess stand. Then filed criminal charges. Colby is a true millennial.”
The police report stated that Covington suffered a chipped or broken tooth, and Covington later claimed in court that the injury caused him to suffer a brain injury.
Masvidal, 38, retired from the UFC in April after several years as one of the promotion’s top stars. He told ESPN last month that he plans to return to competing in boxing as early as 2024.