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Cain Velasquez requests permission to work AAA December event

The former UFC champion and occasional wrestler wants to perform in Tempe, Arizona.
Cain Velasquez

Former UFC heavyweight champion and occasional professional wrestler Cain Velasquez has requested permission to be part of AAA's return to the United States on Saturday, December 3rd.

Velasquez is currently out on $1 million bail on attempted murder charges stemming from a February incident in which he allegedly chased down a man and fired a weapon into a truck that contained several people -- one of them being a man who allegedly sexually assaulted both his child and one of a relative.

In Santa Clara County (California) court on Monday for an arraignment, Velasquez and his legal team asked judge Daniel Nishigaya for permission to wrestle at the promotion's Tempe, Arizona, show -- their first in the country since they ran New York City in September 2019. The event will be held on the campus of Velasquez's alma mater of Arizona State University.

The lead Santa Clara prosecutor was unable to attend Monday's hearing with a representative objecting to the request and requesting the decision be rescheduled for another month. However, Velasquez's lawyers objected due to that being past the event date.

Nishigaya rerouted the request to a different judge more familiar with the case and a ruling from the new judge is expected on Tuesday. Velasquez currently has travel restrictions as part of his bail arrangement.

ESPN's Marc Raimondi noted on Twitter that his team has been discussing his involvement with the show since last week. He was released on bail November 8th.

Velasquez has wrestled for AAA three times before, most recently in December 2021 at Triplemania Regia. He famously was signed by WWE in 2019 and wrestled Brock Lesnar at that year's Crown Jewel. He wrestled just one more time at a house show before his release.