Cain Velasquez Signs Contract With WWE, Retires From UFC

Velasquez will face Brock Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel

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Cain Velasquez was WWE’s ace up their sleeve as part of their debut on FOX last Friday night since the former UFC Champion made his WWE debut attacking Brock Lesnar and setting up a hotly anticipated match between the two heavyweights.

Velasquez was one of the reasons why SmackDown’s debut on FOX was so successful since FOX wanted there to be a “real fight feel” to the company’s Blue Brand following the switch.

Velasquez famously forced Lesnar to submit when both men faced off in The Octagon a few years ago and it was known that it was only a matter of time before they met once again but this time in a WWE ring.

WWE called a press conference earlier today to officially and professionally announce that Cain Velasquez would make his WWE debut at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia on October 31st, but it appears that this isn’t the only huge announcement surrounding the former UFC star today.

As first reported by ESPN’s Marc Raimondi earlier today, Velasquez has signed a multi-year WWE contract and retired from UFC. The former Champion’s knee injury has been a huge talking point over the past few days since it’s become clear that he will need knee surgery in the near future.

There are no more details on his contract at present but it’s thought that more details could become public in the days leading up to his in-ring debut at Crown Jewel.

It’s thought that Velasquez will now have minor surgery on his injured knee so that he can take on Brock Lesnar in Saudi Arabia at the end of the month. The injury has forced the star to bring down the curtain on his UFC career but it appears that he could have quite a lucrative WWE future ahead of him.