UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal will have his day in court on April 21.
Masvidal pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and criminal mischief from an alleged incident with former teammate and rival Colby Covington Monday evening. He was arrested and released on a $15,000 USD bond that same evening.
Covington has not been explicitly identified in the police report of the alleged incident, however there is cell phone video of Masvidal yelling at Covington and Covington interacting with police.
Masvidal is facing a maximum of 15 years in prison plus a $10,000 USD fine for the aggravated battery charge, plus additional sentencing for the criminal mischief charge.
Several fighters, including Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have publicly defended Masvidal, with Nurmagomedov going a step further advocating fighters to boycott Covington.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 24, 2022
Masvidal and Covington recently competed at UFC 272 on Mar. 5, with Covington winning a dominant unanimous decision. Afterwards, Covington announced himself as the “King of Miami,” a remark which angered Masvidal. Both fighters indicated they would fight if they encountered each other in Miami.