Jorge Masvidal has pleaded not guilty to his charges stemming from an altercation with Colby Covington.
Earlier this week, it was revealed Masvidal sucker punched Covington twice as the latter was leaving a restaurant in Miami Beach. Covington was said to have “fractured a tooth and suffered a wrist abrasion” during the incident.
Masvidal posted a video on Twitter the same night bragging about attacking Covington before the video was deleted soon after.
“Gamebred” would get arrested by Miami Beach police Wednesday before posting a $5,000 bond to get released the same night.
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As per Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts online records (via MMA Junkie), it was revealed Masvidal also entered a written plea of not guilty to one count of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and one count of criminal mischief on Thursday.
Whether it will stick remains to be seen.
However, Masvidal did state the incident that occurred was “a mutual combatance [sic] with another athlete” on a Wednesday call with the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Jorge Masvidal Has Court Date Set
Regardless, Masvidal will be going to court as his date was set. The BMF champion is scheduled for an arraignment on April 21.
Given Florida’s laws, an aggravated battery charge can become a first-degree felony offense if the offender wore a “hood, mask, or other device that concealed his or her identity.”
Covington was said to have told police that Masvidal was wearing a blue surgical mask as well as a hoodie over his head.
If found guilty of a first-degree felony aggravated battery, Masvidal could face a prison sentence of up to 30 years. If found guilty for a second-degree felony aggravated battery , “Gamebred” faces up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
There can also be additional penalties possible for the criminal mischief charge.
Masvidal and Covington shared the Octagon earlier this month at UFC 272. Despite dropping Covington in the fourth round, Masvidal was comfortably dominated by Covington over five rounds to lose a unanimous decision.