POLICE FOOTAGE OF JORGE MASVIDAL’S ARREST SURFACES ONLINE
New footage shows the aftermath of Jorge Masvidal’s arrest after he allegedly assaulted Colby Covington at a Miami Beach steakhouse.
Jorge Masvidal got his start in the fight game on the streets, eventually making his way to the heights of the UFC – but once the streets are in you, they never leave.
Footage made available to the public by the Miami Beach police details Masvidal’s time in custody after the fighter turned himself in on March 23, 2022 for allegedly assaulting his rival and former friend Colby Covington at a restaurant on March 21st.
The video shows glimpses of Masvidal’s interrogation – including him expressing a desire to move away from the city to “somewhere where there’s a lot of jungle” – as well as him being transported to and from the police station.
During his transportation, Masvidal laments how it had “been a while” since he was in jail, stating that “I promised myself, never again, but here I am.”
Before becoming a pro fighter, Masvidal got his start on the streets – making a name for himself in the late Kimbo Slice’s backyard fight club.
As a pro fighter, he was once friends with Colby Covington. But things soured after Covington allegedly refused to pay their mutual coach, eventually escalating to a sanctioned bout inside the Octagon. Covington beat Masvidal in a unanimous decision at UFC 272 – but during the build up, Colby had no qualms making comments about Jorge’s family. Something “Gamebred” never forgot.
A few weeks later, Masvidal allegedly struck Covington at a Miami Beach steakhouse on March 21st, 2022. Colby’s statement to detective was also made public.
Masvidal was eventually charged with felony counts of aggravated battery – carrying a sentence of up to 15 years in prison – with the case still ongoing. Covington currently has a court-ordered restraining order against Masvidal, who has to stay 25 feet away from Colby in public and 500 feet away from Colby’s home.
The trial is set for February 27, 2023.