Cain Velasquez, awaiting murder trial, OK’d for Lucha event


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Ex-UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, facing charges in an attempted murder case, was cleared by a California court Tuesday to participate in a Lucha Libre AAA show.

The Dec. 3 show at Arizona State’s Mullett Arena will see Velasquez, who was released on $1 million bail amid charges of attempted murder and 10 other gun-related charges, perform in a trios match with Pagano and Blue Demon Jr. against Taurus, Sam Adonis and Gringo Loco.

The 40-year-old is accused of chasing down Harry Goularte in his vehicle and shooting at him. Goularte is being charged with sexually assaulting a relative of Velasquez. Additionally, the fighter filed a civil suit in June claiming Goularte molested his 4-year-old son.

Velasquez did not hit Goularte during the attack, but mildly injured Goularte’s stepfather Paul Bender, who helps Goularte’s mother, Patricia, run the daycare center where Goularte allegedly abused Velasquez’s son. Bender, Goularte, and Patricia, were all in the same car when shots were fired from Velasquez’s vehicle.

Tuesday’s ruling comes less than one month after the 40-year-old was ordered to be confined to his Santa Clara County home, wear a GPS tracker and not come within 300 yards of the alleged victims. Velasquez will have to pay law enforcement to escort him to the wrestling show, in lieu of the tracker, according to Judge Arthur Bocanegra.

Cain Velasquez, right, appears for his arraignment with attorney Edward Sousa.
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.Valasquez made the switch to pro wrestling with Mexican outfit Lucha Libre AAA after retiring from the UFC in 2019.

WWE signed him to a multimillion-dollar deal shortly after, but was forced to let the fighter go when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020.

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