Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s trial settling hearing got delayed by two months.
Velasquez enjoyed a highly decorated career during his days of competition inside the octagon. He developed a reputation for possessing strong cardio health, which earned him the nickname, ‘Cardio Cain.’ After starting his career in Oct. 2006, Velasquez went undefeated in his first nine outings, racking up wins over the likes of Brock Lesnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Cheick Kongo.
He chose to move on from the sport following a loss to former champ Francis Ngannou in Feb. 2019.
Cain Velasquez trial settling hearing gets delayed by two months
Cain Velasquez was in attendance along with his lead attorney, Renee Hessling, during a hearing at Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose, California, as reported by MMA Junkie. Hessling asked for the matter to get pushed back. Her request was approved by judge Daniel T. Nishigaya, who set the new date of May 24.
Velasquez previously pleaded not guilty to the charges lodged against him stemming from a February 2022 incident. He was arrested on allegations of attempted murder after allegedly shooting in the direction of a vehicle carrying Harry Goularte, accused of molesting Velasquez’s then four-year-old son. The bullet ended up striking Goularte’s stepfather Paul Bender and led to Velasquez spending more than eight months in jail.
Velasquez could be looking at a minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison per the California penal code if found guilty of attempted murder.
Goularte was hit with one felony charge of lewd acts with a minor under the age of 14. He pleaded not guilty and is set to get back in court for a separate trial date on April 12.
Velasquez returned to pro wrestling since the release
Cain Velasquez was let out on bail for $1 million and granted permission to make his pro wrestling comeback at Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide in Tempe, Arizona last December. Proponents of the mixed martial arts community rallied together in support of Cain’s return. UFC president Dana White expressed his excitement at Velasquez’s release a few months ago. He had written a letter to the judge calling for his release along with other former champions and notable figures, including Velasquez’s AKA teammates Daniel Cormier and Khabib Nurmagomedov.