In case it was not clear enough, Cain Velasquez has confirmed his retirement from mixed martial arts.
The two – time heavyweight champion of the UFC signed a lucrative contract with WWE and will debut in the ring promotion when measured in a rematch with Brock Lesnar this October 31 in the WWE Crown Jewel and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The previous Friday, WWE held a press conference from the T-Mobile Arena to formalize both struggles. Chatting with the media, Velasquez announced his retirement from MMA, but it was not until yesterday that he made the announcement on his social networks.
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“To the UFC, family, friends and all the fans, thanks for these last eleven years. Thanks to all my coaches, teammates and agents. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to make a career doing something that I love. I knew from the moment I was at the university that I wanted to be a fighter and after graduating from the University I started on my journey to become a fighter with the goal of being a UFC Full Weight champion. There are only a couple of people on the planet who can say they got what I got, and I will always be grateful for the opportunities and the position I had in the UFC. With my official withdrawal from the UFC, it’s time for the next chapter.”
“A year ago, when I attended my first WWE show, I fell in love with the sport I had seen and participated since I was a child. I have been training in different gyms, attending shows and watching more fights than I would like to admit, but I can honestly say that I eat, sleep and breathe wrestling now. The contract is signed and I am on my way to my next goal, the WWE Universal Championship.”
“WWE universe, thanks for receiving me with open arms.”
Velasquez leaves the MMA with a record 14 – 3.
His last fight was a knockout defeat in 26 seconds against Francis Ngannou in the stellar UFC Fight Night Phoenix.