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Cain Velasquez leaving UFC, facing Brock Lesnar at WWE event

Cain Velasquez leaving UFC, facing Brock Lesnar at WWE event

ESPN's Marc Raimondi reports Velasquez signed a "lucrative" WWE contract and has notified UFC of his decision to retire from active competition.

WWE also revealed that Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez would reignite their UFC rivalry at the same event. Velasquez, a two-time UFC heavyweight champion, ended Lesnar's reign as champ with a first-round TKO in 2010.

The Crown Jewel pay-per-view event takes place on Thursday, October 31, 2019 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets.

Fury, 31, is the lineal boxing heavyweight champion. Fury needed 47 stitches to close multiple cuts following the 12-round bout with Wallin. Fury is expected to return to the boxing ring in 2020 for a fight against Deontay Wilder, a rematch from their December 2018 bout.

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Fury said he was "honoured" to compete in the WWE and described himself as "a lifelong fan" of the sports entertainment organisation. He owns victories over the likes of Junior dos Santos (twice), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Lesnar, but injuries to Velasquez's knees, back and shoulders marred his run atop the division.

"This is definitely my focus", Velasquez said of pro wrestling last week.

In a media scrum conducted after the press conference, Velasquez spoke about what the transition from MMA to professional wrestling has been like as he performed in one of Mexico's premiere promotions these past few months.

"I had my people get in contact with the WWE so we could go to the training center and just mess around and see if I could even do this".