Former UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has signed with Mexico’s Lucha Libre promotion AAA.
At a press conference held on Tuesday, it was announced that Velasquez will be appearing at TripleMania XXVII this summer, which takes place August 3rd from Mexico City.
Lucha Libre site, LuchaBlog, has been live Tweeting reports from the press conference. They confirmed that Cain has 2-3 fights left on his UFC contract. Evidently, his deal with AAA will not impact his UFC career.
In terms of what role Cain will play on the show, that remains unclear.
Several luchadors, including Psycho Clown and Texano Jr, confronted Velasquez at the press conferences.
AAA’s partnership with AEW was also addressed at the press conference:
Velasquez defeated Brock Lesnar for the UFC Heavyweight championship on October 23rd, 2010. He’d go on to win a trilogy with Junior Dos Santos 2-to-1 before dropping the belt to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 188.
Since that time, injuries have piled up for Velasquez. He’s only fought twice since losing the title in the summer of 2015, defeating Travis Browne and then losing to Francis Ngannou last month.