According to the Miami Beach Police Department arrest affidavit, on March 21, 2022, at approximate 10:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to 736 1st Street, Miami Beach, Florida, for a disturbance. The victim was Colby Covington, and he reported that he had been attacked by Jorge Masvidal.
According to Covington, he had exited Papi Steak Restaurant when Masvidal ran up from his left side and sucker punched him in the mouth and eye, breaking one of Covington’s teeth. Covington stated that Masvidal said “You shouldn’t have been talking about my kids,” during the attack. Covington observed three or four other males also approaching him in an aggressive manner during the attack, and he attempted to create distance by pushing one of the males and re-entering Papi Steak Restaurant to avoid further injury.
Covington advised that Masvidal had been wearing a blue surgical face mask, a hoodie, and sweatpants, but that he was able to identify Masvidal due to their long-standing relationship as former roommates, training partners, and friends. Covington stated that he had immediately recognized Masvidal by his voice and by the upper half of his face, which included his long curly hair, which was sticking out of his hoodie. Covington further stated that his Rolex watch had been damaged during the incident, and the damage was subsequently estimated at $15,000.
Police attempted to contact Masvidal, and in response received a phone call from Masvidal’s attorney, who invoked Masvidal’s rights. Masvidal surrendered himself to the Miami Beach Police Department, where this brief interview and subsequent transport to jail occurred. Upon arrival at the police station, Masvidal was noted to have fresh stitches on his right hand and knuckles.
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