- Cain Velasquez successfully made a pro wrestling return at Lucha Libre AAA
- The UFC and MMA community was also happy with his release
After serving eight months in jail, Cain Velasquez is finally a free man. The former UFC heavyweight champion did not waste time and made his first public appearance at the recent Lucha Libre AAA pro wrestling event.
He’s finally back!
Shortly after his last UFC fight in February 2019, Velasquez made a big switch to pro wrestling and joined WWE. Now that he was released from jail, Velasquez made an epic return and stunned the crowd at the Mullett Arena by participating in Lucha Libre AAA’s three-on-three match.
Velasquez with the pin! This place just erupted. pic.twitter.com/bT1lCbMXFf
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) December 4, 2022
Speaking in front of the fans, Velasquez, who wrapped up the match with a pin off a sensational throw, said that he was equally delighted to have come back and step inside the squared circle once again.
“To be here, in front of you guys, right now, it’s a dream come true,” Velasquez said h/t MMA Fighting. “I truly appreciate it all, what you guys have always done, supporting me, my family.”
Velasquez also hyped his supporters as he said with a lot of positivity:
“Never stop believing. Never stop fighting.”
Velasquez’s monumental pro wrestling return was made possible by Santa Clara County Judge Arthur Bocanegra who gave the 40-year-old permission to partake in the AAA event. The decision took place shortly after Velasquez was released from incarceration in November following the granting of $1 million bail.
It can be recalled that Velasquez had been in jail since February this year after being charged with attempted murder, stemming from chasing down Harry Goularte Jr., and other gun-related charges.
The UFC is happy too
While it seems unlikely that Velasquez would consider making a UFC comeback, the MMA community is happy to have learned that he’s now free. UFC president Dana White and former two-division champ Daniel Cormier were among the most notable MMA personalities who expressed joy and relief following the good news.
Prior to being jailed, Velasquez, who left MMA with a 14-3 record, found a new lease on life in pro wrestling. After parting ways with the WWE in 2020, he eventually became a Lucha Libre star.