Gamebred Takes Plea Deal in Covington Assault, Case Resolved

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Jorge Masvidal, UFC 272 Pre-Fight Press Conference Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The ongoing legal saga involving Jorge Masvidal is at an end, with “Gamebred” accepting a plea deal to resolve assault charges involving rival UFC star Colby Covington.

A former teammate, roommate, and later in-cage opponent, Covington and Masvidal wound up in a better feud that didn’t appear settled following their UFC 272 showdown in March of 2022. And it wasn’t. While Covington would win the fight, weeks later, Gamebred accosted him outside a Miami eatery in what was called a sneak attack, damaging the former interim champ’s teeth.

Faced with a misdemeanor battery charge and two more serious felonies, Masivdal had maintained his innocence throughout the case. That changed on Monday, when the 38-year old, accompanied by his lawyer, Saam Zanganeh, accepted a plea deal and copped to the assault in a Miami courtroom. In exchange for having the two felony counts dropped, Gamebred entered a guilty plea on the misdemeanor battery count.

He was sentenced to time served, per a report by MMA Junkie. Covington did not appear in court on Monday.

Jorge Masvidal fought just once following the Covington fight, losing to Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 this past April and announcing his retirement. He has since focused on his own trio of combat sports promotions, including Gamebred Bareknuckle MMA, which will crown its inaugural heavyweight champion later this month after originally being booked for Oct. 28.