Cain Having “Too Much Fun” As A Wrestler For MMA Return
After suffering a knockout loss in his return to the UFC, Cain Velasquez decided to focus on one of his passions, pro wrestling.
The former UFC heavyweight champion followed in the footsteps of many of his MMA brothers and sisters by making his pro wrestling debut earlier in August at the Lucha Libre version of Wrestlemania, Triplemania XXVII.
Velasquez, who has trained at the WWE’s Performance Center in the past, impressed in his debut, teaming up with popular wrestlers Psycho Clown and second-generation wrestler and All Elite Wrestling executive Cody Rhodes.
“I was kind of shocked to be honest,” Velasquez told MMA Junkie in promotion for his Schick Xtreme “Bald Important People” campaign. “I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure how many people would actually be watching and tuning in to watch. I did a match and heard all the positive things from people. It was great. I was shocked. The whole night I was asking my wife, ‘What just happened?’
“For me, I know what I can do, and I feel like learning wrestling for the short time that I’ve learned it, it feels very natural to me,” Velasquez continued. “I loved it. I love going out there and competing and I can’t wait to do more of it.”
With organizations such as AAA and New Japan Pro Wrestling interested in his services, Velasquez conceivably walk away from MMA altogether.
“I’ve always loved MMA as well from when I started doing it until now,” Velasquez said. “I’m still training, and I still love it, so I’m not sure if I’m done yet. I still love MMA, but pro wrestling is something I really love as well. It hit me by surprise, and I wasn’t sure if I would like it or if I could even do it at first. I’ve become a natural to it. I love the acting side of it, the entertainment. I get to do stuff that’s physical then it also looks cool.”
“In pro wrestling, I’m able to work well with whoever is out there and it doesn’t put me in danger,” Velasquez said in preparation for his wrestling return on September 15th at New York’s Hulu Theater. “Fighting will definitely put my body in danger, put my knees at risk and everything else. It’s just full force with punching, kicking, takedowns and everything else. Your opponent is working against you and there’s the unknown of what they’re going to do as well.
“I do plan on coming back to fight as well, but at this moment I’m just having too much fun doing this pro wrestling. I can’t wait to go out there and perform again and try to be one of the best guys out there that has ever done pro wrestling.”
Report: MMA Junkie