Jorge Masvidal facing potential felony battery charges, Colby Covington fractures tooth during alleged altercation

Jorge Masvidal
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Former UFC welterweight title challenger, Jorge Masvidal is currently facing potential felony battery charges following an alleged physical altercation with former interim champion and recent foe, Colby Covington, where the latter suffered a fractured tooth and abrasion to his left wrist.

In the early hours of this morning, reports emerged detailing an alleged physical altercation between Masvidal and UFC 272 opponent, Covington outside of Papi Steak in Miami Beach, Florida – where Masvidal is alleged to have twice punched Covington in the face during an attack, before law enforcement officers responded to the incident. 

As per a police report obtained from the Miami Beach Police by MMA Fighting reporter, Damon Martin, Miami native, Masvidal has been named as an official suspect in the alleged incident, and is potentially facing felony battery charges for his part in the alleged altercation. 

Responding officers detailed how they had spoke with Covington upon arriving at the Papi Steak restaurant, where Covington confirmed he had been “attacked by Jorge Masvidal.” Covington explained how he had been leaving the premises when he was attacked, with the report claiming Masvidal “ran up to him (Covington) from his left and without notice, punched him with a closed fist two times in the face.” 

Covington was allegedly struck in both his left eye and in his mouth during the alleged altercation, suffering a fractured tooth as well as an abrasion to his left wrist in the attack, claiming Masvidal has told Covington “You shouldn’t have been talking about my kids” during the alleged physical altercation.

Masvidal had headlined UFC 272 against Covington just over two weeks ago, suffering his third consecutive loss in the form of a unanimous decision defeat to the outspoken Clovis native.

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