Masvidal Clinches Plea Deal, Covington in Crosshairs!
Masvidal Strikes Plea Deal, Warns Covington: ‘Teeth Will Be Knocked Out’
Jorge Masvidal, former BMF champion, reached a plea deal on Monday, resolving a battery charge from a confrontation with Colby Covington in March 2022. Pleading guilty to a reduced misdemeanor in Miami, Masvidal is ready to move past the legal turmoil that followed their UFC 272 bout, signaling an unfinished business with Covington.
Masvidal’s plea deal with Florida prosecutors saw two felony charges dropped, stemming from the altercation outside a Miami steakhouse. With this chapter closed, Masvidal’s attention now returns to Covington, with a promise of retribution. Despite no current plans to compete, the rift between the former friends turned rivals remains as volatile as ever.
“It’s over,” Masvidal declared to Ariel Helwani, indicating a return to normalcy and hinting at confrontations to come. He emphasized his readiness, fortified by a lifetime of training in jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and professional fighting, boasting an 8 pro fight record and rigorous training at MMA Masters.
Masvidal, candid about the incident, maintained his innocence throughout the legal process and expressed frustration over the impact of the case, including the temporary loss of his firearms. He described his fight history as the foundation for his actions that night and his future preparedness. “Second nature,” Masvidal reflected on his response to the altercation, highlighting the ingrained fighter’s instincts honed over his career.
While Covington is set to challenge for the UFC welterweight title in December, Masvidal’s combat path has shifted focus to promoting his Gamebred Fighting Championship. Yet, the streets of Miami may yet hold another chapter for the feuding fighters, with Masvidal ever-ready to defend his honor and legacy outside the cage.