As we previously reported here, Masvidal is accused of attacking a victim believed to be Covington per a Miami Beach police report obtained by ESPN. Masvidal was charged with aggravated battery and criminal mischief. The other party involved invoked Marsy’s Law which ensures that victims of crime have equal, constitutional rights on the same level as those accused and convicted of crimes. Because of this, the other party was not named directly, but video obtained by TMZ clearly shows Covington at the scene once police arrived.
The report states that an individual believed to be Masvidal ran up from the left of the victim and threw two punches, one to the mouth and the other to the left eye while saying, “You shouldn’t have been talking about my kids.’ The victim suffered a fractured tooth and an abrasion on their left wrist.
Since the incident was originally reported, many within the MMA community have expressed varying opinions. Some believe that Covington, who is known for outlandish comments and deeply personal trash-talking, went too far when he made mention of Masvidal’s children. Those on the other side of the fence believe that ‘Gamebred’ acted, at the very least, unprofessional.
Former champ-champ Daniel Cormier also commented on the incident.
“It’s hard for me to sit up here and judge Jorge for his actions, being that Jon Jones and I had many altercations that almost ended up in the same way,” Cormier said on the “DC & RC” show. “But ultimately, people were able to stop us from taking it to the next level. But here’s the thing: a lot of these altercations happened prior to the fights happening and we were always very clear of each other.”
“You got 25 minutes,” Cormier said. “That is the only place in which I’m going to condemn Jorge Masvidal. You had 25 minutes less than two weeks ago to do everything you wanted. It does not seem as though this was a – it’s so hard here not to assume, but it does not seem as though this was a come face-to-face and we get into a fight. It seems like something different, and that’s where it becomes a little bit off.
“It Went Too Far”
“Jorge Masvidal is a fighter. He’s an absolute fighter, he’s an absolute dog. But I don’t know if it can seep into the streets like that. We saw it with Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and Conor (McGregor). Khabib was not willing to let it go. It went too far for him to say at the end of the fight we’re OK. It went too far, and I feel like that’s what happened.”
“Colby Covington is not a street guy,” Cormier said. “Colby Covington is a guy who likes to talk and fight. The shtick may have crossed the line, and now it’s gotten him into a situation that he is not really equipped for. That is why he didn’t have anyone in place with him to make sure that it didn’t cross the line.
“But because I know who I am, I always made sure there was someone in that place with me to make sure that I didn’t cross the line. To ensure my safety and protect everything that I was building.”
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