LAS VEGAS – Jorge Masvidal has elected to delay his pending application for a promoter's license in the state of Nevada.
Masvidal's request for a license for his promotion Gamebred Fighting Championship was on the agenda for today's Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting, and it became immediately clear that his recent alleged altercation with Colby Covington in Miami was going to be problematic in processing the application.
NSAC chairman Stephen J. Cloobeck labeled the request as an "interesting new business item" before admitting he was surprised the application had not been withdrawn following the incident.
"If you look at what's been reported in the news over the last couple of days, I would have assumed that this request would have been requested to be removed from our agenda, but to this point in time, it is not," Cloobeck said. "I believe that this application is in my opinion, no longer valid because it's not an accurate application of the promoter's true and accurate facts of their business and personal life."
Promoters in Nevada are vetted for both financial suitability, as well as personal history, including a section of the license that focuses on "arrests, detentions and litigations."
Masvidal joined the meeting via telephone and emphasized how important it was for him to get the opportunity to promote events in Nevada.
"It would be an honor to get my license in Nevada," Masvidal said. "I've been fighting in Las Vegas now over 10 years, and everybody knows it's the fight capital of the world. It's the most organized commission in the world. I've fought all over the world, literally, numerous times, and there's nothing better than Las Vegas for fighters and promoters, so it would be a dream come true if I could get my license in Las Vegas."
Masvidal (35-16 MMA, 12-9 UFC) was then asked if he would like the commission to debate his application in spite of the recent incident with Covington, at which point the "BMF" champion admitted it was probably best to wait until a later date.
"Since I do have an open case, I'm not supposed to talk about it, but I guess you're referencing that," Masvidal said. "Yeah, if we could table it, it'd be better. Right now, I had a mutual combatant with another athlete, and you know, I can't say too much on this, but if we could table it for later, that would be amazing."
Cloobeck then had a few direct questions for Masvidal related to the Monday incident, in which he allegedly attacked Covington outside a steak house in Miami.
Cloobeck: Were you arrested on Monday night?
Masvidal: No, sir. I have not been arrested, bench warrant, nothing has been sent.
Cloobeck: You have not been charged? Have you been charged?
Masvidal: To my knowledge, I have not been charged. I do have lawyers on the case, and they're talking back and forth.
Commissioner Anthony A. Marnell III then recommended the commission accept Masvidal's request and delay the application until the Covington situation has been resolved.
"Based on Mr. Masvidal's agreeing for the tabling of this, I think it's probably appropriate that we let him go through his other issues and see how those outcomes play out before we hear this case," Marnell III said.
The commission requested that once the incident has been legally resolved, Masvidal submit a revised application for his promotion. "Gamebred" was respectful when signing off.
"Thank you all for your time," Masivdal said. "I started fighting out in backyards, and now I can't even believe I'm in front of you guys and the possibility that I might get my license, so just again, it's an honor to even have your guys' time. Thank you all, and God bless."