Cain Velasquez went from MMA legend to prisoner after a shooting incident near San Jose, California. The former UFC champion is facing years in prison after an incident where he shot a man. Velasquez had intended to shoot a different person who was alleged to have molested a close relative.

Velasquez was charged with first degree attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and other more minor offenses. Several UFC fighters came to his defense in the aftermath. Ronda Rousey even claimed she might have done something even worse.

For the first time since his arrest, Cain Velasquez issued a statement via Twitter. Velasquez thanks everyone who has supported him. Cain also said that he is hoping justice can be done for his loved one. Google was used to translate the statement into English.

“To everyone who has expressed their support for us, my family and I can never thank you enough. From the depths of our hearts and souls, we are eternally grateful for your love. Your selfless acts and encouraging words have given me strength in my darkest moments. This story is complex and is slowly unfolding right now. To all the true victims of this case, may God grant you the strength to speak publicly. Although the hardest part is reliving the pain you have suffered, by speaking honestly, justice will be done and your true recovery will begin. I will never stop helping and loving my community and all of you. Thank you for loving me. — Cain Velasquez”

Cain Velasquez will have his day in court soon enough. While he did not directly address the shooting he was involved in, he is hoping justice can be done for his relative. We will have to wait for his trial to hear more details about the shooting itself.

The Cain Velasquez shooting sent shockwaves throughout the MMA world. Velasquez is a legend of his sport who apparently acted out of a fit of emotions. It will be up to a jury to decide if that is enough to acquit him.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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