Ex-UFC champ Cain Velasquez jailed after involvement in Bay Area shooting

Ex-UFC champ Cain Velasquez jailed after involvement in Bay Area shooting

(Editor’s note: Story updated at 2:21 a.m. ET to reflect new information.)

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was jailed Monday after he was involved in a shooting that left one man injured.

NBC Bay Area, citing “sources with direct knowledge of the investigation,” first reported the news of Velasquez’s involvement in the shooting in Morgan Hill, Calif. The San Jose Police Department is investigating the shooting and did not provide details regarding Velasquez.

Although it’s unclear how Velasquez was involved, online records showed late Monday night that he was being held at the County of Santa Clara Department of Corrections facility without bail. No charges were listed, and the reason for his detainment isn’t known.

The San Jose police media relations office tweeted that the man injured in the shooting was shot “at least once” near the intersection of Monterey Highway and Bailey Avenue. He was “transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injures.” One suspect was in police custody, but a motive was unknown. The shooting was reported at 3:14 p.m. local time, police said.

Velasquez, 39, trains at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, about 25 miles north of where the shooting happened. He was born in Salinas, roughly 40 miles south of Morgan Hill.

Velasquez hasn’t competed in MMA since a 26-second knockout loss to current heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in February 2019. Since then he’s dabbled in professional wrestling with WWE, as well as in Mexico.

Although Velasquez is believed to be retired, AKA head coach Javier Mendez recently told MMA Junkie that “he’s got it if he wants it” with regard to a potential return to MMA.

Velasquez was a two-time UFC heavyweight champion. Various injuries plagued him throughout his career.


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