- Jorge Masvidal is just a few months away from the beginning of his trial for the alleged assault on Colby Covington
- The judge set a trial date of Aug. 29 in addition to a docket sounding on Aug. 17
Best friend-turned-enemies Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington had one of the most bitter feuds in the history of the UFC. Their hatred for each other grew to new heights during the build-up to their fight at UFC 272. Masvidal struggled to overcome his adversary who dominated him to get a unanimous decision victory.
Masvidal did not like the way things ended and took matters outside the octagon. ‘Street Jesus’ was arrested for allegedly assaulting Covington in March.
Jorge Masvidal gets a trial date
At a report hearing today in Miami, Jorge Masvidal was given a trial date of Aug. 29. He faces a charge of aggravated battery along with one count of criminal mischief. Judge Zachary James of Florida’s 11th Circuit Court also set a docket sounding on Aug. 17. ‘Gamebred’ was not present in court and his trusted attorney Bradford Cohen represent him.
A motion for the defense to inspect Covington’s watch was also granted by the judge. It was the damage to the watch that landed Masvidal a second charge of criminal mischief. The defense argues against the Rolex’s value as a property, and claim it to be a “Frankenstein” watch.
Other motions denied & delayed
A motion to subpoena third-party footage of the alleged incident by Cohen was denied by a judge. The result followed Cohen stating that he would not pursue that through the court until he has connected with the media outlets and other individuals who own the footage. A refiling would need to happen if the defense decides to request the subpoena.
Cohen’s motion to access past medical records and immediate evaluation was delayed to a further date due to the defense still working on procuring emergency room records from the incident. He also stated his doubt about the practicality of an immediate evaluation as concussions tend to recover.
“Some of these fighters walk around with concussions, so I don’t know if it needs to be immediate,” Cohen said. (h/t MMA Junkie)
Another motion to strike on the basis of “failure to report to any authority” was denied without prejudice by Judge James, and the new court dates were set.
The nearest approaching date of a docket hearing is set for Aug. 17. It is a pre-trial hearing during which the judge will assess if the parties are ready to go to trial on Aug. 29. The judge will also address other motions that may have been filed.
If found guilty, Masvidal faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for second-degree felony aggravated battery. He may also get additional penalties for the criminal mischief charge.