We are still waiting for the official trial in the alleged assault case between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington to begin. Attorneys representing the two men were present in November to claim a joint continuation, delaying scheduled court proceedings until February.
The case stemmed from an apparent altercation on March 21 outside Papi Steak in Miami, in which Covington claimed he was mauled by Masvidal — resulting in a broken tooth as well as numerous other injuries and property damage. Former friends and training partners, Masvidal was arrested soon after, and pleaded not guilty to charges including the offense of aggravated battery.
Reports indicate that a masked man matching Masvidal’s general description approached Covington as he was exiting the restaurant and said, “You shouldn’t have been talking about my children,” before striking Covington in the face. The two former roommates were engaged in a months-long dispute over what Masvidal claims were unpaid debts to the “chaos” coaches at the time of the incident.
The sound of a Covington 911 call in the night was released back in July. Now, however, YouTube Real world police The channel released audio of Covington’s actual conversation with the officers after they arrived at the site.
“As soon as we’re about to walk across the street, I get a little bit off the side,” Covington recalled after explaining he stopped outside the restaurant to meet fans and sign autographs (text via MMA Fighting). “Like, I get punched in the mouth real fast and I get dizzy, and I look over my head and 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’s got a face mask. 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 identify, like, that’s his voice, that’s his eyes, that’s his hair. I know exactly who this is and he throws two quick punches at me.”
“Yes, I have a history of knowing this person,” Covington continued, in response to the officer’s inquiry, “because I lived with him for two years and we’ve been training partners for eight years. We were very close friends, we trained together every day, and we were the best of friends. Obviously, we I just fought this guy a couple of weeks ago in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the UFC on pay-per-view and beat him easily, so I know exactly what he looks like, his eyes, his hair.”
The 34-year-old former All-American standout continued to describe his injuries, stating that Masvidal had “chipped my front tooth out” and that it “definitely shook me up. I saw the stars a little…”
Covington also explained to the police why he felt Masvidal had attacked him, specifically in response to “You shouldn’t talk about my children”.
So the reference to the kids is in our last fight, the crowd at the press conference, I said, ‘Hey, you’re a dead dad. “You don’t talk to your kids,” Covington said. “I have a relationship with his kids too because we were such close friends, so I still talk to his ex-wife and his baby girl. I’m still close to the family and I still love the kids.
“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 a dead dad?'”
Covington, a former NCAA D-1 All-American wrestler, hasn’t competed since defeating Masivdal in the Octagon back on March 5th of last year. Covington won that fight via unanimous decision, but the chance to face each other inside the octagon was clearly not enough to crush the meat between them.
That fight marked Masvidal’s third consecutive loss, after back-to-back title losses against then-champion Kamaru Usman. Despite the lawsuit against him and his recent losing streak, there has been some talk of another title fight for the 38-year-old. This time against current champion Leon Edwards, who has his own infamous history with Masvidal, after the two got into a brawl at the UFC Fight Night 2019 event in London.
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