Masvidal allegedly assaulted Covington outside of a Miami-area restaurant earlier this year. This came just weeks after his UFC 272 headliner with Covington in which he lost via unanimous decision.
Masvidal is looking ahead to a return to the Octagon later this year, but that could be delayed due to his ongoing legal issues. He faces a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (his hands/fists) with intent to cause bodily harm.
Masvidal has pleaded not guilty to the charge and posted a $5,000 bond after a brief stay in jail.
During a recent interview with ESPN Deportes, Masvidal explained his mindset ahead of his trial and publicly proclaimed his innocence.
“I come from a different place than many people and we walk differently in that place,” Masvidal said. “I am not going to let anyone disrespect my family. I can’t talk much because I’m being charged with three felonies. I can only say that I am innocent.” (h/t MMA Junkie)
Covington barraged Masvidal with personal attacks ahead of their fight at UFC 272. He invoked Masvidal’s ex-wife and children in an attempt to get under his skin, to the objection of many, including UFC President Dana White.
Masvidal is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial hearing on August 17, with his trial scheduled for August 29.
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