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Colby Covington has pressed charges against rival Jorge Masvidal, after the two men got into a fight on Miami Beach this week.
Covington and Masvidal are former teammates turned bitter rivals, and the two faced each other just a few weeks ago at UFC 272.
However that has not been the end of their rivalry, and a report on Tuesday confirmed that they got into a fight on Miami Beach, with TMZ even getting video of the aftermath, with police surrounding Covington.
In the clip, Covington could be heard saying: "He's over here swinging, trying to come at me, and I ran out the back of the room."
Now, according to MMA Fighting, the former interim welterweight champion, who has twice lost to champion Kamaru Usman, has pressed charges.
ARREST: MBPD Detectives have arrested and charged Jorge Masvidal with:- Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 24, 2022
- Aggravated Battery w/Mask
- Felony Criminal Mischief
See reports and booking photo below for more details. pic.twitter.com/OkW6LbZQHn
The report says that Covington reported is rival to the Miami Beach Police Criminal Investigation Division after being attacked outside Papi Steak Restaurant.
Covington identified Gamebred from his voice and the hair sticking out of his hoodie, with the 37-year-old wearing a surgical mask at the time.
The accuser says that he fled the attack to get back into the restaurant in order to call the police, and report the incident.
According to the report, 'Chaos' ended with a fractured tooth and an abrasion on his wrist and also ended up with $15,000 worth of damage to his $90,000 Rolex watch.
Masvidal is said to have shouted "You shouldn't have been talking about my kids," as he attacked Covington, and ended up with damage to his right hand and knuckles.
Gamebred was taken into custody on Wednesday night on aggravated battery with a mask and criminal mischief charges before being released for a $15,000 bail charge.
If the UFC star is convicted on the current charges he could face a long jail sentence, as much as 15 years, for aggravated battery.
Covington had claimed that his rival was a 'deadbeat dad' and said he was 'doing damage' to his children, which sparked the line that Masvidal is said to have shouted during the attack.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has criticised 34-year-old's decision to press charges, and called on others to refuse to fight him.
"I think all welterweights should refuse to fight Colby, just don't accept fights with him, let him sit without a fight, it will probably significantly affect him and all fighters who even think of insulting families," the Russian said.