It was noted over the weekend that the UFC star is currently in talks with WWE. While he’s interested in that possibility, he has expressed interest in potentially working with AEW or New Japan Pro Wrestling as well. He has had talks with AAA, who has already booked him at two shows and another one on the way.
Dave Meltzer reported on MMAFighting.com that part of WWE’s offer to the UFC would be for him to wrestle Lesnar. It was noted that Velasquez would likely undergo knee surgery before he made any long-term commitment to any pro wrestling promotion.
It was noted that WWE doesn’t have plans to use him as a high-flyer but rather would want him to portray a serious fighter, one who can be a legitimate rival to Lesnar.
The belief is that AAA wouldn’t be able to match an offer that he would get by WWE in the long term if he’s interested in making a transition into pro wrestling full-time due to their pay scale is much lower than in WWE.
WWE has made it clear that if they signed him then they want exclusivity just like with their other talent. It should be noted that AEW and AAA do have a working relationship, which would allow Cain to continue working in Mexico.
Velasquez defeated Lesnar by TKO to win the UFC Heavyweight Title at the UFC 221 pay-per-view in 2010.