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Former UFC champion arrested on attempted murder charge

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Cain Velasquez. (San Jose Police Department/TNS)


Kate Feldman

New York Daily News

Former UFC champion-turned-WWE wrestler Cain Velasquez has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in connection to a Monday night shooting in San Jose, California.

Velasquez, 39, was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on Monday and is being held without bail, according to online jail records.

Few details have been released, but police responded to the shooting around 7:30 p.m. Monday and found one adult male shot at least once. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

One suspect is in custody, officials said.

It’s unclear if Velasquez knows the victim.

A spokesperson for the San Jose Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment from the Daily News on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections also did not return a call.

Velasquez, a Salinas, California, native, began his MMA career in 2006 and won two UFC heavyweight championships during his reign. In October 2019, he jumped to WWE, where he spent several months before being released during pandemic-related budget cuts.

He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.

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