‘Who’s to say that I’m finished with the UFC?’: Cain Velasquez reveals he could return to MMA after he ‘gets his hands on’ Brock Lesnar in the WWE
- Cain Velasquez announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in October
- The former champion lost to Francis Ngannou after a string of injury problems
- He has subsequently gone on to join the WWE, facing Brock Lesnar in his debut
- The 37-year-old has told Sportsmail he may not be done with fighting just yet
Cain Velasquez has revealed that his UFC days may not be over just yet.
The two-time heavyweight champion announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in October after suffering a devastating defeat to Francis Ngannou following a three-year hiatus due to injury troubles.
He has gone on to join the WWE, making his debut against champion and former UFC rival Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.
Cain Velasquez has revealed that his mixed martial arts career may not be over just yet
However, the book might not be closed on the 37-year-old’s fighting career despite the fact he has officially hung up his gloves and withdrawn from the USADA testing pool to focus on his professional wrestling career.
‘Who’s to say that I’m finished with the UFC?’, Velasquez replied when asked about his future by Sportsmail during WWE’s promotion for their move to BT Sport in the UK.
‘I’m doing this (WWE) right now but I’m still training. There could be a time when I go back.’
Many questioned the American’s decision to accept a fight against a competitor as dangerous as Ngannou with he fight going on to last just 26 seconds.
Velasquez lost to Francis Ngannou in just 26 seconds in his last fight after a three-year hiatus
‘There’s no regrets,’ Velasquez said, reflecting on the fight. ‘Obviously the outcome wasn’t what I wanted it to be but that’s what happens. I’ve been in that sport long enough to know that not everything goes your way. You can train as hard as you can and be as committed as you can but that night was not my night.
‘I’m still very salty, still very upset about what happened in the fight. That’s just me as a competitor… I obviously want to win them all.’
For now Velasquez has his eyes set on this month’s Royal Rumble and a chance to avenge his debut defeat to Lesnar.
Velasquez (R) is targeting a rematch with Brock Lesnar (L) in the WWE in the near future
‘If I get the opportunity to go in to the Royal Rumble and lay some hands on him, I’m gonna take that opportunity,’ he continued.
‘He’s obviously been in the sport for a while and he kind of just does what he wants to do. I will never stop fighting to get another match with him and have that chance to beat him.
‘Brock is the man here, this is his home, this is his hood. There’s obviously a lot that I have got to learn and be comfortable with in order to go out and beat him here. I’m excited for that journey.’
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