Sean O’Malley thinks Jorge Masvidal likely didn’t expect that much backlash for his alleged attack of Colby Covington.
Masvidal (35-16 MMA, 12-9 UFC), who lost a lopsided unanimous decision to former friend, now arch rival Covington (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 272 in March, didn’t personally get to settle his score. After the fight, Masvidal allegedly punched Covington twice in the face in a sneak attack outside a restaurant and was taken into custody for his actions.
However, the reception from people wasn’t quite the same as it was when Masvidal skyrocketed in popularity for handing his infamous “Three piece and a soda” on Leon Edwards during a backstage altercation in London in March 2019.
“There’s a fine line between entertainment and making it personal and some people are on different lines,” O’Malley said on “This Past Weekend w/ Theo Von.” “Colby was on the entertainment line. Jorge was on the personal line. I think Colby was on the personal line, too, but I don’t know. It’s not a good look for Jorge. People loved it when he did it to Leon. Boom, boom, boom – pieced him up right there. (People) loved it. People f*cking loved that. Maybe Jorge thought, ‘I’m going to go do it to Colby – people will love it.’”
No charges were pressed against Masvidal for punching Edwards, but for his attack on Covington, the “BMF” champion faces one count of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and one count of criminal mischief. He was released on $15,000 bond.
If found guilty, Masvidal could face up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine for second-degree felony aggravated battery with additional penalties possible from the criminal mischief charge. But for the first-degree felony aggravated battery charge for allegedly concealing his identity by wearing a mask, the potential penalty is as much as 30 years.