Velasquez in advanced talks with WWE as focus shifts from MMA to pro wrestling

Former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has told ESPN’s Marc Raimondi that he is in advanced talks with WWE to join after making his WWE debut last night on the Smackdown premiere on FOX.

Velasquez insisted that he is not retired from the UFC but professional wrestling will be his main focus for now. Velasquez remains under contract to the UFC and has a few more fights left before he’s completely gone from the promotion.

The 37-year-old told ESPN that he has not officially signed a WWE deal and already had discussions with All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling but it’s evident that WWE is his preferred destination following yesterday’s angle. Raimondi added that UFC were aware of his whereabouts and gave their blessing for Cain to appear.

“This is definitely my focus,” Velasquez said of pro wrestling. “My family is into it, they love it. They’re super excited. I haven’t seen them excited over something like this in a while. It’s cool.”

Cain wrestled his first wrestling match with AAA in August and had his second one last month when AAA visited New York. He visited the WWE Performance Center last year for a few days and has since been training at Pro Wrestling Revolution in San Jose, California.

Colin Vassallo
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Colin Vassallo has been editor of Wrestling-Online since 1996. He is born and raised in Malta, follows professional wrestling and MMA, loves to travel, and is a big Apple fan!

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