Cain Velasquez Signs with Pro-Wrestling Promotion AAA

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Following a loss to Francis Ngannou earlier this year, Cain Velasquez appears to be turning his attention to the squared-circle instead of the Octagon.

Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez seems set to walk the path of many other MMA fighters before him. Appearing at a press conference in Mexico City for pro-wrestling promotion AAA, the man formerly known as ‘Cardio Cain’ announced his intentions to make his pro-wrestling debut at ‘TripleMania,’ the promotion’s marquee event of the year.

AAA, founded in 1992, is one of Mexico’s two major pro wrestling groups and one of the largest pro-wrestling promotions in the year. This year’s TripleMania show will take place on Aug. 3 at Arena Ciudad in Mexico City. No specific match was announced for Velasquez for the event, but teases were done with three different stars of the promotion. Those three performers go by the names of El Texano Jr., Psycho Clown, and one of the stars of the US Independent Scene, Pentagon Jr. Cain faced off with all three at the end of the press conference.

This move shouldn’t come as a shock to those who have followed Velasquez lately. Last year he had a training camp at the WWE Performance Center prior to his MMA comeback. Also at the press conference, Velasquez said that he had two or three fights left on his UFC contract, which means that the promotion likely gave the OK to this move for Cain, as he’s still under contract.

MMA is a weird sport, it always has been. But nobody could’ve seen Cain Velasquez facing Francis Ngannou in February, and then facing a man by the name of ‘Psycho Clown’ in August in the squared-circle.