The MMA community is celebrating Velasquez, the former UFC heavyweight champion, being bailed out after serving eight months in jail. UFC president Dana White was one of many combat sports public figures, including Henry Cejudo, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Kamaru Usman, to support Velasquez by writing a letter to the judge in March. During an interview with TMZ, White had this to say about the California native being bailed out:
“I’m happy for him and his family to finally be back together. Cain Velasquez is a good man. He’s a good person. I’m hoping that the judge that looks at this case says, ‘You know what? This family’s suffered enough. If the kids haven’t suffered enough in this thing – they lost their father for almost a year. So, hopefully, the real justice gets served in this case and Cain Velasquez, who is a good man, a good father, a good husband, gets to be at home with his family.”
Daniel Cormier is relieved his good friend Cain Velasquez is home on bail while awaiting trial.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) November 12, 2022
After a two-day pre-trial hearing, Velasquez was released on a $1 million bond.
There are conditions attached to his release, such as not possessing weapons, monitoring his GPS, undergoing outpatient counseling for TBI and CTE, and maintaining a distance of 300 yards from the alleged victims.
Despite being bailed out, Velasquez is not in the clear. The former UFC heavyweight champion will return to trial on November 21 for allegedly firing a gun at the accused molester of his four-year-old son while driving on the highway. Life in prison is still possible if convicted of all charges.
"Thank you to everybody who had my support. I love all of you. Just always continue to be better as a person, always do good things and just make something positive of this terrible situation." – Cain Velasquez 🙏 (via @kron4news) pic.twitter.com/DAv2HvAgXo
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) November 9, 2022