In a tweet to his followers, Cain Velasquez issued the following statement on his retirement from UFC and signing with WWE:
“To the UFC, my family, friends, and all the fans, thank you for the past 11 years. Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and agents. I am so blessed to have been able to have a career doing something I absolutely love. I knew from the time I was a junior in college I wanted to be a fighter with the goal of being UFC heavyweight champion. There are few people in this world that can say that they have achieved what I have, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and position I held being a part of the UFC. With my official retirement from the UFC, it’s time for the next chapter.
A year ago, when I went to my first WWE show, I fell back in love with a sport that I had watched and participated in since I was a child. From that moment, I have been doing a crash course on all things that relate to pro wrestling. I have been training at different gyms, going to shows and watching more matches than I would like to admit, but I can honestly say I eat, sleep and breathe wrestling now. The contract is signed and I’m on my way to my next goal which is Universal Champion.
WWE Universe, thank you for welcoming me with open arms.”
Velasquez signed a multi-year deal with WWE last week. There were offers from other companies including All Elite Wrestling. The offer from WWE was substantially more than what AEW was offering and AEW did not counteroffer so that is why he opted to sign with WWE.
Velasquez will challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship on October 31st at Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.