Cain Velasquez uncertain about return to UFC – after pro wrestling success

Earlier this month Cain Velasquez made his debut at Triplemania XXVII in Mexico City, and it was so successful that he's now uncertain about a UFC return

While definitely showing a desire to continue to compete in MMA, former UFC heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez seems to have found a new passion. Will pro wrestling delay Velasquez return to MMA?

Velasquez has had an almost historically unlucky brush with injuries in MMA. He’s only fought once in the past three years, and has during his career been forced out of several bouts due to injury. In July last year he began training at the WWE Performance Center, ande debuted at Triplemania XXVII in Mexico City earlier this month. Velasquez performance was a resounding success, so much so that it made his return to MMA more uncertain.

“I’ve always loved MMA as well from when I started doing it until now,” Velasquez said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “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 becoming 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.”


Sadly, Velasquez’ last appearance in MMA was a disappointment for his fans. After nearly three years away he returned in February this year, taking on former title contender Francis Ngannou. Just 26 seconds into the fight Velasquez was buckled, fell to the ground and the bout was called off, ruled a TKO victory of Ngannou. Hopefully for MMA fans, Velasquez’ love for MMA will be enough to bring about a return to the UFC.

Who would you like to see Velasquez return against in the UFC? 


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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for