Jorge Masvidal received a new date for trial in his alleged assault on best-friends-turned enemies Colby Covington.
UFC welterweight Masvidal has been on the sidelines since taking on former interim champ Covington at UFC 272 last March. The pair got to settle their differences inside the cage after a heated build-up. Covington turned in a dominant performance and came out on top of the contest by a lopsided unanimous decision.
A few days after the result, Masvidal allegedly attacked Covington outside a steak restaurant in Miami, Florida. Covington pressed charges and the two have been involved in a legal battle since.
Jorge Masvidal gets new trial date for the case of alleged assault on Colby Covington
The Miami-Made County Courthouse continued the case in a hearing earlier today, as reported by MMA Fighting. The pre-trial date got pushed back to May 10 with the trial lined up to start on May 22. Masvidal faces multiple felony charges, including aggravated battery and criminal mischief.
Saam Zangeneh, Masvidal’s defense attorney, indicated hopes to settle the case by the end of next month so it would not go to trial. Masvidal previously refuted the accusations and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Masvidal is set to return at UFC 287
‘Gamebred’ is scheduled to face Gilbert Burns in his return to action at UFC 287 on Apr. 8 at the Miami-Made Arena in Miami, Florida. Their bout will serve as the co-main event under the headlining middleweight title fight between champ Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya.
Jorge Masvidal is currently on a three-fight skid with two unsuccessful title shots against Kamaru Usman and a loss to Covington in his latest appearance. He was initially eyeing a showdown with former two-division champion Conor McGregor but claimed the ‘Notorious’ did not want to make the bout happen.
He will look to get back in the winning column with a victory over Burns. Considering his star power, a convincing win could also put him back in the mix of title contention with a potential shot at the reigning welterweight titleholder Leon Edwards, provided ‘Rocky’ defends the belt against Kamaru Usman at UFC 286 next month.