The former UFC Heavyweight Champion and AKA training partner of Velasquez issued a statement to MMA Fighting about the move for Velasquez.
“It’s a sad day when Cain Velasquez retires. But I know that he is doing something that he loves,” Cormier said. “I remember watching him at [WWE] Elimination Chamber and you can see that this was something that he could love, I am not sure he ever fell for something faster, well except for when he met [his wife] Michelle.
“I’m very happy for Cain and Michelle and the kids. But the biggest winner in this whole deal is the WWE Universe, they are in for a treat watching Cain perform. I’m excited to see the program between him and Brock. Congratulations to my brother. Exciting times.”
News broke on Friday that Velasquez had signed a deal with WWE and informed the UFC of his retirement.
Velasquez will challenge WWE Champion Brock Lesnar for the title at the Crown Jewel pay-per-view event on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium.