Jorge Masvidal’s ongoing case has been pushed back for nearly three months.
Judge Zachary James granted a joint continuance – that was agreed between both the prosecution and defense – to set a new pre-trial hearing for November 17 and tentative trial date to December 5; Masvidal’s tentative trial date was scheduled for September 12 before Wednesday’s proceedings.
The UFC welterweight was not in person at Wednesday’s hearing. His defense team and the state’s prosecution team were present, however.
The defense team asked for more time because one of the officers on scene of Masvidal’s alleged March attack of Colby Covington had refused to answer certain questions relevant to the case, MMA Junkie reported.
The judge said he would issue an order that would get the officer to answer the dodged questions.
On March 21, Masvidal allegedly attacked Covington outside of a Miami, Florida restaurant – just weeks after Masvidal lost to Covington at UFC 272. He was charged with aggravated battery and crimninal mischief, but pleaded not guilty to two felony charges.
Covington reportedly sustained a wrist abrasion and lost teeth.
Masvidal was arrested, but posted a bond of $5,000 and was released days later.
In mid-July, the 911 audio from the March incident went public. The one-minute call was reportedly made by an “off-duty police officer.”
Masvidal was ordered to keep 25 feet away from Covington in April.
If found guilty, Masvidal could face up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine with potential additional penalties.