Jorge Masvidal released on bond, charged with felony aggravated battery, criminal mischief

Jorge Masvidal
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The #7 ranked UFC welterweight contender, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal has been released on bond following his arrest last night, where he was booked into the Miami Beach Police Department and subsequently charged with felony charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief in relation to an alleged attack on former opponent, Colby Covington on Monday night.

Masvidal, a former two-time title challenger under the UFC’s banner, was held on a bond of $15,000, however, has since been released on bond after he was charged with counts of aggravated battery and criminal mischief in relation to an alleged physical altercation with Covington.

If found guilty of those felony charges brought against him, Masvidal could face a period of up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine in the region of $10,000, with aggravated battery considered a second-degree felony, while criminal mischief also carries its own felony status. 

In a video published by WPLG Local 10 News, who were first to report the arrest of Masvidal, the Miami, Florida native, sporting a black hooded top and bottoms briskly exits the back of a police cruiser and jogs into the Miami Beach Police Department whilst handcuffed.

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During the alleged attack at Papi Steak in Miami Beach, Florida – Covington is alleged to have suffered a fractured tooth and an abrasion to his wrist following an alleged attack from Masvidal without notice, in which the former was punched twice in the face with a closed fist. Covington told responding officers that Masvidal had told him, “You shouldn’t have been talking about my kids” during the attack. 

In an arrest affidavit released to the public, the victim of the attack reported that he had suffered damage in the region of $15,000 to the wristband and scratches to a Rolex watch of his, worth an estimated $90,000. 

CSI also took pictures of Masvidal’s right hand during his booking into the Miami Beach Police Department on Wednesday night, documenting visible injury to Masvidal’s hand, which had also been stitched prior to contact with police. 

Masvidal and Covington competed against each other less than three weeks ago in the main event of UFC 272 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Covington scoring a unanimous decision victory over the former. 


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