In newly released audio from his official police report, Colby Covington describes how Jorge Masvidal assaulted him outside a Papi Steakhouse in Miami back in March of this year, which lead to his rival being arrested and charted with aggravated battery.
“As soon as we walk out, like, a bunch of people kind of bombarded us,” Covington told police at the time. “They wanted pictures, a couple of people were asking me to sign gloves, like I signed four or five different gloves from three or four different fans. We were there for probably three to five minutes right outside Papi steakhouse and then we’re like, ‘Let’s get out of here. It’s time to go.’
“As soon as we’re about to walk across the street, I get sideswiped from the side, like I get punched in the mouth real quick and kind of get dizzed up and I look up and I see who it is, I can see in his eyes, it’s Jorge Masvidal. I can see his hair coming out of his hoodie, but he has a face mask on. A surgical face mask. But he’s saying, ‘You shouldn’t have f****** talked about my kids, you shouldn’t have f****** talked about my kids.’ So I was easily able to identify, like, that’s his voice, that’s his eyes, that’s his hair. I know exactly who that is and he took two quick punches to me.”
Covington said that Masvidal had a couple of other people with him and one of them looked like he was also going to take a swing at him, so he ran back into the steakhouse. Masvidal attempted to follow him in, but security guards prevented him from entering, giving Covington time to go behind the bar and call the police.
Covington went on to describe the injuries he suffered from the attack, telling officers that he was left with a chipped front tooth that was knocked out and admitted to having been rocked, stating that he, “saw stars a little bit,” but managed to stay on his feet.
The matter remains on-going, with Masvidal having pled not guilty to the charges against him and he’s expected to stand trial in early 2023.
Watch the video containing Covington’s audio statement below, along with also released footage of Masvidal speaking to the police and being transported to jail on the night of his arrest.