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Cain Velasquez retires from UFC, signs deal with WWE

One of the greatest UFC fighters of all-time is transitioning into pro wrestling full-time.

As reported by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez has signed a multi-year deal with WWE and he has informed UFC that he will be retiring from MMA. It was reported earlier this week that Velasquez removed himself from the USADA drug-testing pool and from UFC’s heavyweight rankings.

Velasquez generated buzz in August when he worked a couple of shows for AAA in Mexico and he made his WWE debut last Friday night on the FOX debut for SmackDown. That set the stage for WWE to announce today that Velasquez will wrestle Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel on October 31st in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Velasquez defeated Lesnar in 2010 to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship and the story going into the match with Lesnar at Crown Jewel is that Lesnar is looking to avenge that loss.

“This is definitely my focus,” Velasquez told ESPN last week. “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.”

Several companies were interested in signing Velasquez, including All Elite Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

In addition to Velasquez vs. Lesnar, WWE announced Tyson Fury vs. Braun Strowman for Crown Jewel.

Click here to watch the press conference.

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