Former UFC champion Cain Velasquez was arrested this week on attempted murder charges.
Velasquez, 39, was involved in a shooting incident near the intersection of Monterey Hwy and Bailey Ave in San Jose on Monday, Feb. 28, at around 3:00 pm.
This particular intersection is very close to a local high school.
Officials initially announced that he was involved in some capacity, but declined to offer additional information. Later in the day, however, Santa Clara County Department of Corrections records indicated that Velasquez was the alleged shooter in the incident.
According to TMZ, “the motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation at this time.”
The other person involved in this incident, a man, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Early Tuesday morning, authorities released Velasquez’s mug shot:
Velasquez was a massively successful UFC star who played a pivotal role in Brock Lesnar’s career trajectory. He was a two-time Heavyweight Champion and participated in some of the division’s most memorable bouts ever.
Before and after his MMA run, Velasquez was an accomplished wrestler. He initially attended Iowa Central Community College and wrestled there for one season in 2001. There he won the NJCAA National Championship in the heavyweight division.
From there Velasquez transferred to Arizona State University, where he wrestled for three years and amassed a record of 86-17.
After his UFC career concluded, he wrestled with Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and the WWE.
Paige VanZant knows how to help her husband get over a tough loss. https://t.co/IKDS7v1F44
— Game 7 (@game7__) February 27, 2022
What will happen to Velasquez from here? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.