‘It definitely shook me’: Hear Colby Covington testify to police after Jorge Masvidal’s alleged assault

A previously unheard audio reveals UFC welterweight Colby Covington speaks with police and identifies Jorge Masvidal as the man who allegedly assaulted him outside a restaurant on the night of March 21.

The alleged incident occurred outside Papi Steakhouse in Miami Beach, Florida, which led to Masvidal’s arrest two days later on March 23. He was charged with one count of aggravated felony battery resulting in great bodily harm and criminal mischief, and entered a not guilty written plea.

The new audio, released by the Real World Police YouTube channel on Thursday, is of Covington giving his full statement to two detectives shortly after midnight on March 22, about 90 minutes after the altercation. Covington spoke with police for approximately 9 minutes, and gave his first recorded account of what happened.

Covington said he and two friends had just finished eating dinner and were outside the restaurant for 3 to 5 minutes. He said he signed autographs for a few fans before he decided to leave.

“Just as we’re about to walk across the street, I get hit on the side,” Covington told police. Like, I get punched in the mouth so fast and I feel dizzy [sic] Top. I’m looking for me, and I see who it is. I can see in his eyes. It’s Jorge Masvidal. I can see his hair coming out of his hoodie, but he has a face mask on, a surgical face mask. But he says, “You shouldn’t be talking about my kids, you shouldn’t be talking about my kids.” So I could easily recognize that his voice, that his eyes, that his hair, I know exactly who he is.”

Covington accused Masvidal of throwing “two quick punches” at him. He said he ran back to Pappystick after being punched, adding that Masvidal followed him but was stopped by security guards. Covington said he ran behind the bar, called the police and waited for them to arrive.

Covington, who defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision on March 5 at UFC 272, told investigators about his extensive personal history with Masvidal. He confirmed that this is how he was able to identify Masvidal despite his face being partially covered.

“Obviously, I just fought this guy a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada for the UFC on pay-per-view,” Covington said. “I beat him easily, so I know exactly what he looks like — his eyes, his hair, his voice.”

When investigators asked Covington if he was injured during the alleged attack, he replied, “I mean, I definitely had a tooth injury. He broke and pulled out my front tooth. I mean, the adrenaline is still kind of going right now, but it sure shook me up. I’ve seen the stars.” A little bit, but I stayed on my feet. I was just trying to get to safety. That’s all I worried about.”

Investigators also asked Covington to clarify notes about Masvidal’s children in which he claimed Masvidal yelled at him after the two strikes. Covington told them he was still in a relationship with Masvidal’s children and his ex-wife, adding that Masvidal’s remarks stemmed from trash talk while preparing for UFC 272.

“I’m still close to the family, and I still love the kids,” Covington said. “I was honest. I told the honest truth. I know it’s fight promotion and whatever happens when you’re trying to sell a fight, but I told the truth. I just said, ‘Hey, why don’t you talk to your kids? Why are you such a stressful dad?'”

The statement concluded with officers asking Covington to provide documentation of damages after repairing his broken teeth and his Rolex watch, which had been worn out during the confrontation.

Masvidal is holding a pre-trial hearing on February 15, with an expected trial date of February 27. If found guilty, Masvidal could face up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for a second-degree offense of aggravated battery with potential additional penalties for a criminal mischief charge.

You can listen to Covington’s full statement in the video above.

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