Cain Velasquez, a previous UFC heavyweight champ and present member of the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), was launched from prison on a one-million-dollar bail in November 2022 after being jailed for tried murder in February of the exact same year. Velasquez had actually assaulted Harry Goularte, a staff member at the day care center his four-year-old went to, who was implicated of sexually attacking the small. Goularte has actually considering that been charged. Velasquez had actually been rejected bail on numerous events prior to his release and should now use a GPS tracker at all times based on the bail contract.
Upon going back to AKA, Velasquez was invited back by head coach Javier Mendez, who submitted video to his YouTube channel of their reunion. Velasquez then started training with present Bellator light-weight champ Usman Nurmagomedov. The previous champ was supported by numerous popular figures in the MMA neighborhood, consisting of UFC president Dana White, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Henry Cejudo, and Islam Makhachev, who all composed letters in assistance of Velasquez which were revealed to the judge by his attorney.
Velasquez started training at AKA in 2006, 2 years after completing his college fumbling profession. He shared the training space with legends such as Daniel Cormier and Khabib Nurmagomedov, in addition to a few of the very best fighters in the present generation, consisting of Islam Makhachev and both Usman and Umar Nurmagomedov. During an interview with his podcast, Velasquez comprehensive how he wound up at AKA, stating he understood he wished to begin combating when he was made with college and his coach at the time was buddies with a supervisor at AKA.