Jorge Masvidal Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Assault, Felony Charges Dropped

Colby Covington goes for a rear naked choke against Jorge Masvidal.

Jorge Masvidal, a prominent UFC fighter, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in relation to an altercation with his rival, Colby Covington, outside Papi Steak restaurant in Miami. Masvidal surrendered to Miami-Dade police in March of last year on felony assault charges. Covington claimed that Masvidal, wearing a mask, approached him and assaulted him over comments made about Masvidal’s family. Masvidal initially denied the allegations but accepted a plea deal on November 6th, resulting in the dropping of two felony charges. He was sentenced to time served and agreed to pay court costs.

During the sentencing, Masvidal expressed his joy at the outcome and thanked his lawyer, Bradford Cohen. Covington, who is preparing for another welterweight UFC title challenge, did not appear for the sentencing. While Masvidal avoided jail time, his guilty plea may have implications for potential civil lawsuits seeking damages related to the incident.

In a separate development, Masvidal has boasted about the success of Papi Steak, the restaurant where the assault occurred. He claimed that the incident brought increased fame and business to the establishment, with reservations reportedly skyrocketing by 530%. Masvidal mentioned that the restaurant manager personally thanked him for the surge in business.

Since his defeat to Covington, Masvidal has hinted at a potential boxing career but is currently under contract with the UFC. He retired from MMA after losing a unanimous decision to Gilbert Burns in April of this year.

 

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