Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who suffered a defeat in his most recent trip inside the Octagon against Francis Ngannou, has crossed over into the world of Lucha Libre.
Velasquez, who had spent time training at the WWE’s performance Center in 2018, has been announced as a competitor at the annual Triplemania event produced by Mexico’s largest wrestling brand AAA.
The announcement was made at a news conference Tuesday, where Velasquez signed a contract with the promotion and their network TV Azteca.
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— luchablog (@luchablog) March 26, 2019
During the press conference, Velasquez and AAA management confirmed that the former heavyweight champion is under contract to UFC for two-three more fights, but will wrestle for the organization in August.
Velasquez would then be confronted by the promotion’s major stars Psycho Clown, Texano, and Pentagon Jr, who all challenged the AKA trained fighter to a match at the AAA version of Wrestlemania.
— Más Lucha (@mas_lucha) March 26, 2019
Velasquez joins a long line of mixed martial artists who have crossed over into pro wrestling, such as current WWE women’s champion Ronda Rousey, who main event’s their Wrestlemania event on April 7th at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.