Cain Velasquez has singed a multi-year deal with WWE whereas Tyson Fury’s upcoming match at Crown Jewel will be a one-off.
Velasquez and Fury have crossed over from UFC and boxing respectively and are now set to step into the ring for the wrestling giants’ next major show in Saudi Arabia on October 31.
According to ESPN, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion has put pen to paper on a contract that ties him with Vince McMahon’s promotion for years to come and has notified Dana White of his MMA retirement.
The 37-year-old has been removed from the UFC’s United States Anti-Doping Agency drug-testing pool and the UFC heavyweight rankings.
Velasquez will make his debut on Halloween in Riyadh where he will face WWE Champion and former MMA rival Brock Lesnar.
The California native, who holds a record of 14-3 inside the octagon, picked up a dominant victory over Lesnar and dethroned him as champion via TKO on the first round of UFC 121 in 2010.
The two heavyweights will renew their rivalry at Crown Jewel with the WWE Championship on the line.
Fury, on the other hand, has only signed for one match with the promotion and is not expected to be part of another angle after his fight with Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel.
The Gypsy King is preparing for a highly-anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder, which is expected to take place on February 22 in Las Vegas.
The undefeated heavyweight may not get too physical with Strowman in the Arab state as he has been warned off all physical exercise until mid-November after sustaining 47 stitches around his right eye from his win over Otto Wallin last month.
The British superstar will also not be able to resume sparring until December at the earliest, which means his feud with The Monster Among Men will be short lived.
Velasquez’s rivalry with Lesnar was resumed after the WWE Champion brutalised his friend Rey Mysterio as well as his son Dominick on RAW.
The American bruiser made his first appearance on SmackDown’s premiere episode on FOX last week where he launched such a vicious attack on The Beast that he made him run away in fear.
Fury also attended the historic show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles where he sat on the front row with his family.
Strowman egged the Lineal Heavyweight Champion on to a fight during an Eight Man Tag Team Match and heated things up after throwing Dolph Ziggler against the barricade with such force that he knocked the boxer back down to his seat.
The former WBA, WBO an IBF World Heavyweight Champion then jumped over the rail looking for a fight but was stopped by an army of security guards who escorted him to the back.
Fury returned on RAW this week to demand an apology but the ex-RAW Tag Team Champion refused and that sparked a brawl between them that didn’t stop until a sea of WWE superstars emptied the locker room and separated the two behemoths.
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