Cain Velasquez Retires From UFC, Signs Multi-Year Deal With WWE
Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez has reportedly notified the UFC of his retirement. He has subsequently been removed from USADA testing pool, and also the UFC heavyweight rankings.
Velasquez last lost to Francis Ngannou in just 26 seconds back in February, after being out of the cage for nearly three years due to an injury. Cain Velasquez lost the UFC title to Fabricio Werdum back in 2015, and has fought just twice since.
ESPN are now reporting that “Cardio Cain” has signed a lucrative multi-year deal with WWE. The former champion switched to professional wrestling this year, making his debut back in August for Mexican professional wrestling promotion AAA. He once again competed for the promotion in September, before making his WWE debut last week.
Velasquez confronted the new WWE Champion Brock Lesnar on SmackDown’s debut on FOX Network. The two will now face each other At WWE Crown Jewel later this month.
“This is definitely my focus”, Velasquez said about his new venture last week. “My family is into it. They love it. They’re super excited. I haven’t seen them excited over something like this in a while. It’s cool.”
Cain Velasquez joins Ronda Rousey, Matt Riddle and Shayna Baszler as former UFC fighters who’ve signed with WWE in the recent past.
Tyson Fury will also be in action in Saudi Arabia, as he is set to face WWE Superstar Braun Strowman at WWE Crown Jewel.