CAIN VELASQUEZ announced his retirement from MMA – and vowed to become WWE champion.
The UFC legend and ex-heavyweight champion debuted for Mexican pro wrestling promotion Triple AAA in August and competed once more a month later.
Injuries sustained inside and outside the cage and a new focus on wrestling left Velasquez’s MMA career in question.
He then WWE bow confronting ex-UFC opponent Brock Lesnar only to sign for their rematch to take place at Crown Jewel on October 31 in Saudi Arabia.
But Velasquez has confirmed his career in the cage is now up, having reined as heavyweight champion in an injury plagued career.
Velasquez – who was knocked out by Francis Ngannou in February in his last fight – thanked the UFC for his 11-year career with the promotion but revealed he fell in love with WWE.
He continued: “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 (sic) I would like to admit, but I can honestly say I eat, sleep and breath (sic) 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.”