Former UFC Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier spoke with Sports Illustrated to discuss WWE’s release of Cain Velasquez.
Cormier, who is good friends and AKA training partner of Velasquez, admitted in the interview that the news made him sad.
“It makes me sad for Cain,” said Cormier. “I know how much he enjoys wrestling. I know that he’s going to land on his feet. There is no person in the world I am more confident that will come out of whatever situation in a positive light than Cain Velasquez.”
Cormier, who is a big wrestling fan and has expressed interest in making the transition from MMA to pro wrestling, was asked whether the release of his good friend changes his view about working for the company.
Cormier stated that you have to take what’s happening right now with any moves companies or organizations make for what they are due to the coronavirus outbreak. He mentioned how the virus is not something any of us have ever seen before.
“So to say that it would make you only want to do a one-off as opposed to a contract? I think that’s a little much. Everybody’s doing exactly what they’re doing because of the pandemic.”
Cain only wrestled twice for WWE – once when he challenged WWE Champion Brock Lesnar for the title at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and then a tag team match at a house show.