UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal’s legal proceedings seem to be moving at a snail’s pace as his trial date sees yet another delay.
“Gamebred” is expected to face charges related to his involvement in the alleged attack on Colby Covington outside of a Miami steakhouse in March of this year, which left his bitter rival with a fractured tooth and abrasions on his wrist. Covington alleged Masvidal ambushed him, punching him twice in the face before getting away – though the latter entered a written plea of not guilty not long after the incident.
It now looks as if the former 170-pound title challenger will avoid having to plead his case inside of a courtroom until February of 2023, according to a report by MMA Juinkie, the judge granting a continuance upon requests made by both the defendant and plaintiff.
If found guilty, Masvidal may face up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000 for second-degree felony aggravated battery, with further penalties stemming from a criminal mischief charge.
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The morning view
Johnny Eblen offers his thoughts on Volk vs Islam:
DC weighs in on the Pereira vs Adesanya ‘controversy’:
Dan Hardy breaks down Christian Lee vs Kiamrian Abbasov:
Brush up on Sergei Spivac’s most recent performance ahead of UFC Vegas 65:
- Jun Yong Park to fight Denis Tiuliulin at UFC Seoul on February 4th (per Chris Presnell)
- David Dvorak to fight Manel Kape at UFC Vegas 66 on December 17th (per Alex Behunin)
- Punahele Soriano to fight Roman Kopylov at UFC Vegas 67 on January 14th (per Alex Behunin)
- Kai Kara-France to fight Alex Perez at UFC 284 on February 12th (per MMA Junkie)
- Tyson Nam to fight Bruno Silva at UFC event on March 11th (per Mike Heck)
- Philipe Lins to replace Alexander Gustafsson opposite Ovince st. Preux at UFC 282 on December 10 (Per Ovince st. Preux)
- Shannon Ross to fight Kleydson Rodrigues at UFC 284 on February 11th (per UFC)
- Jimmy Crute to fight Alonzo Menifield at UFC 284 on February 11th (per UFC)
Fighters removed this week:
- Shanna Young
- Silvana Gomez Juarez
Fighters Added this week:
- Miles Johns
- Tereza Bleda
Credit to UFC Roster Watch
On this day in MMA…
On the 18th of November, 2008, both Dan Hardy and Jim Miller made their UFC debut at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England.
Hardy, an eventual challenger to George St. Pierre’s welterweight reign, faced Akihiro Gono at the top of the preliminary card, defeating him via a split decision on the judge’s scorecards.
Miller would also walk away from his own bout with a hand raised following his submission of Frenchman David Baron in the third round, winning himself a submission of the night bonus for his efforts.
Hardy would retire from competition in 2012 while suffering from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He left the UFC with a promotional record of 6-4. Miller, still active in the organization at 39 years old, currently holds the record for both Most UFC fights at 40, and most wins inside the UFC at 24. His most recent victory came opposite Donald Cerrone at UFC 276 in July of 2022.