Jorge Masvidal has been arrested.
According to online records, less than 48 hours after he was involved in an alleged brawl with UFC rival Colby Covington, Masvidal was detained by Miami-Dade County Police on Wednesday evening and booked at 10:27 p.m. local time Gone. Masvidal’s arrest was first reported by WPLG Local 10 News,
Masvidal, 37, faces two charges: one count of aggravated battery that resulted in major bodily harm and one count of criminal mischief. He is currently being held on $15,000 bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami.
A video published by WPLG shows Masvidal briefly walking around a police station in handcuffs.
In a police report obtained Tuesday by MMA Junkie, the MBPD confirmed responding to an incident labeled as a felony battery outside Papi Steak. The report does not state whether charges have been filed, but identifies Masvidal as the sole suspect.
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Covington was not explicitly named in the police report. An information officer at MBPD told MMA Junkie that the alleged suspect in the incident used “Marcy’s Law” to protect his information. However, Masvidal identified Covington. on Twitter. This happened after TMZ Sports released cell phone video of Covington speaking to police, as well as footage of Masvidal being stopped by Covington.
The police report said officers answered a battery call outside the restaurant at 10:54 p.m. local time. There, they met the “victim”, who broke a tooth and suffered a wrist abrasion, alleging that Masvidal ran to his left and hit him twice in the face (once in the mouth and once in the left eye). Got punched when leaving the restaurant. “You shouldn’t have talked about my kids,” Masvidal reportedly said. The victim described a group of “three or four other unidentified men who were approaching her in an aggressive manner.” Police said that, at the time, the victim “pushed one of the unidentified men and separated himself from the attackers and ran back to the Papi Steak restaurant where he contacted police.”
Masvidal was present on a Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) call less than 10 hours before his arrest on Wednesday, where he said he had not been charged. He described the incident as a “mutual” incident, but chose not to go into detail because his lawyer was not present.
Covington fought Masvidal for five rounds 16 days after the alleged incident, en route to a unanimous decision victory at the UFC 272 headliner. The bout was the culmination of a feud between former best friends and American Top Team teammates, who became fierce enemies as they rose to welterweight title contender status.
Later, Covington, who now trains at the MMA Masters, proclaimed himself the “King of Miami”, which Masvidal considered an exception. Both men indicated that they would fight again outside the octagon if they collided with each other in public.