Cain Velasquez Retires From MMA to Sign With WWE

Ross Houston
October 12, 2019

After a scripted war of words, the two engaged in a brawl - as a sea of security guards and WWE wrestlers made attempts to pull them apart.

ESPN's Marc Raimondi reports Velasquez signed a "lucrative" WWE contract and has notified UFC of his decision to retire from active competition.

Tyson Fury will switch boxing for professional wrestling at the end of this month when he fights Braun Strowman at a pay-per-view Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia.

If seeing a shirtless Cain Velasquez make a surprise run-in on WWE SmackDown to attack former UFC foe Brock Lesnar last week in the show's debut episode on Fox wasn't surreal enough, Friday's news cemented a surprisingly sober reality.

Velasquez rose to prominence at UFC 121 in October 2010, when he defeated then-UFC Heavyweight champion Lesnar via TKO at 4:12 of the first round to capture the belt. But me being the undefeated lineal heavyweight boxing champion, I fear no man. Fury is expected to return to the boxing ring in 2020 for a fight against Deontay Wilder, a rematch from their December 2018 bout. Why was Fury linked with WWE in the past?!

With his signing, Velasquez joins the likes of Lesnar and Ronda Rousey as former UFC champions on the WWE roster.

He has fought just three times since 2013, dropping the heavyweight title to Fabricio Werdum in 2015 and rebounding to beat Travis Browne at UFC 200 in 2016.

"This is definitely my focus", Cain said of pro wrestling last week.

Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, has already expressed concern that his fighter could injure himself by taking part in a pro wrestling match. They love it. They're super excited.

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