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Cain Velasquez posts statement on MMA retirement, new WWE career

On his social media accounts today, Cain Velasquez posted a statement on his retirement from mixed martial arts and new career in professional wrestling:

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 and after graduating from college, I set off on my journey of becoming a fighter with the goal of being UFC Heavyweight champion. There are few people in this world that can say 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’ve been training at different gyms, going to shows and watching more matches then I would like to admit, but I can honestly say I eat, sleep and breath 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.

WWE confirmed last Friday that Velasquez has signed a multi-year deal with the company. He'll challenge for Brock Lesnar's WWE Championship at Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, October 31.

Velasquez had two pro wrestling matches before signing with WWE. He made his in-ring debut for Lucha Libre AAA at Triplemania XXVII this August, teaming with Cody Rhodes & Psycho Clown against El Texano Jr., Killer Kross & Taurus. At AAA's Invading New York event, Velasquez, Psycho Clown & Brian Cage faced Texano, Taurus & Rey Escorpion.

In his last UFC fight, Velasquez lost to Francis Ngannou via first-round knockout this February.