UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal appeared at a private fundraiser for Florida governor Ron DeSantis at The Wharf in Miami on Wednesday night.
Appearing as a special guest speaker, Masvidal awarded DeSantis the ‘BMF’ title belt for “keeping Florida free and setting an example for the rest of the world,”
This is not the first time ‘Gamebred’ has mixed with the world of politics. The fighter heavily campaigned for former President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election.
Masvidal’s appearance at the fundraiser comes on the heels of his arrest for an alleged attack on former friend Colby Covington.
“No talk (of the incident) but you were able to see the hand was a bit swollen,” attendee Ophir Rahimi told reporters. “There was a cut there, so I’m assuming that was the right hand that was used.”
Masvidal is currently on bail after an alleged attack on rival Covington outside of a Miami restaurant. According to the police report, Masvidal was identified as the person who ran up to the victim and punched him twice, once in the mouth fracturing a tooth and a second time in the eye.
Masvidal seemingly acknowledged the attack in tweets shortly after the incident occurred. Masvidal was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and criminal mischief. He surrendered himself to Miami Beach police and was released on $15,000 bail shortly after.
“Jorge is a fighter, he ran into another fighter, it’s not like he beat up some kid on the street,” Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. told WPLG Local 10. “Look, it happens. He’s a fighter for freedom and I think we all support him.”
Masvidal entered a written plea of not guilty and is due back in court on April 21.
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