While to most sports fans, Cain Velasquez is known as the former UFC Heavyweight champion of the world – where he won that title two times in his mixed martial arts career. However, to many sports entertainment and professional wrestling fans, Cain Velasquez is known as the fighter that made his WWE debut on the first episode of Smackdown on FOX back in October of 2019. He confronted Brock Lesnar after Lesnar won the WWE Championship from Kofi Kingston in a squash match lasting only a few seconds. Cain last competed at Super ShowDown on 31 October 2019, where he was squashed by Brock Lesnar and failed to win the WWE Championship.
Cain Velasquez signed a lucrative multi-year deal with the WWE, but the contract allowed the company to release him whenever they saw fit and that is exactly what they did as he was released by the company back in 2020 as part of the pandemic budget cuts. The former UFC champion was also recently involved in a shooting incident in San Jose, California as well. Velasquez was taken into custody due to his involvement in the shooting, which involved two people. One of those people wound up in jail. The other went to the hospital.
As revealed by TMZ, Velasquez was arrested and charged with attempted murder in relation to the incident.
Judge Arthur Bocanegra, who also granted Velasquez’s release on $1 million bail after he spent eight months behind bars, ultimately sided with the former UFC heavyweight champion while giving him special permission to leave the state.
“Based on the information provided by pre-trial services and all the information that has been provided to the court regarding Mr. Velasquez’s request to travel to Arizona, the court is going to grant the request over the people’s objection,” Bocanegra said during the hearing.
As part of the conditions of his temporary release, Velasquez will have his GPS monitoring device removed while he’s traveling to Arizona but he’s required to coordinate with authorities to have the device put back on again once he returns.
Velasquez will be allowed to travel starting on Dec. 1 with a return date to California on Dec. 4.