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Cain Velasquez retires from UFC, signs lucrative deal with WWE

Velasquez says that he eats, sleeps and breaths wrestling now.

Former UFC World Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez officially retired from professional fighting and the UFC today.

Velasquez isn’t done with getting physical though, as he’s signed a full-time deal with WWE. He took to Twitter to share the news with fans.

To the UFC, my family, friends, and all the fans, thank you for the past 11 years. Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and agents. I am so blessed to have been able to have a career doing something I absolutely love. I knew from the time I was a junior in college I wanted to be a fighter and after graduating from college, I set off on my journey of becoming a fighter with the goal of being UFC Heavyweight champion. There are few people in this world that can say that they have achieved what I have, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and position I held being a part of the UFC. With my official retirement from the UFC, it’s time for the next chapter.

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 I would like to admit, but I can honestly say I eat, sleep and breath 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.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the deal is both lucrative and long term. With the success of Brock Lesnar in WWE, it’s not the least bit surprising that Vince McMahon would jump at the chance to sign another high profile UFC fighter.

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