Colby Covington said he suffered a brain injury when fellow UFC star Jorge Masvidal allegedly attacked him outside a Miami Beach restaurant last month, new court documents showed Thursday.
Masvidal pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief after he was arrested two days following the March 21 incident.
Multiple outlets reported that Masvidal is due back in circuit court on May 12, at which point a trial date could be set. In the meantime, Masvidal was handed a stay-away order, requiring him to keep 25 feet of distance from Covington and 500 feet from his residence.
The two UFC fighters are no strangers to one another, with Covington recording a lopsided unanimous decision over Masvidal on March 5 at UFC 272 in Las Vegas. They are also former roommates.
Per the police report, Masvidal “ran up to (Covington) from his left, and without notice, punched him with a closed fist two times in the face.” TMZ posted a video of Masvidal yelling, “You shouldn’t have been talking about my kids,” while being prevented from getting closer to Covington.
Covington told police he saw “three or four other unknown males” approaching him in an “aggressive manner.” The initial complaint filed to the police did not name Covington and only mentioned that the victim had a chipped tooth and a damaged watch.
–Field Level Media