The former BMF champion pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor battery charge as part of a plea deal with the state of Florida’s prosecution team to have two felony charges of battery and criminal mischief dropped. The charges stemmed from a March 2022 incident in which Masvidal attacked Covington outside a Miami restaurant not long after he lost a decision to Covington at UFC 272.
“It’s over. It’s over,” Masvidal told Ariel Helwani. “Slap the f*ck out of some b*tches now. I’m back. Now it’s going to be a movie. For numerous things, I had to be on extra good behavior. Not that I’m going to be on bad behavior (now), but let’s just say there’s a couple of motherf*ckers getting slapped sooner rather than later.”
Despite hitting a resolution, Masvidal said his beef with Covington is not over. He thinks eventually the two will meet again.
“I don’t know when, but me and Colby are going to see each other at some point, whether it’s in a f* cking cage or I don’t know where the f*ck it’s going to be,” Masvidal said. “We’re going to see each other. For him lying on my name, for him pressing charges, for everything he’s done, we are going to see each other. It’s going to be fun, man. It’s going to be interesting. I’m going to knock the rest of his teeth out. I got to knock two of his fake ass teeth out (in March 2022).
“(If) we see each other, let’s handle it, bro, like f*cking men – and that’s all it is. It’s not like I lose sleep over this guy or cheer for him or hate on him. I don’t give a f*ck, really. But whenever I see his ass, he’s got to answer for all those comments he said in the past and for putting me through this case and bullsh*t.
“They took away my guns. I’m in Miami. I have to have my guns – motherf*ckrs are wild. They took away my guns, bro. They said I couldn’t have my guns while I have an open case.”
Masvidal faced up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for the second-degree felony aggravated battery charge, plus additional penalties possible for the criminal mischief charge. Masvidal maintained his innocence since the incident occurred until the time of his guilty plea Monday.
Masvidal retired after losing to Gilbert Burns in April at UFC 297, but has teased a comeback to combat sports. On the other hand, Covington hasn’t fought since defeating Masvidal in March 2022. He’s scheduled to challenge UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC 296 on Dec. 16.