Khabib Nurmagomedov gave his support to Cain Velasquez after the former UFC champion was arrested for attempted murder
UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov has posted a message of support for former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez after he was charged with attempted murder this week in California.
Velasquez, 39, was arrested by authorities after firing a gun at a car containing a man who had himself been arrested for allegedly assaulting an underage relative of the retired MMA star.
It is believed that Velasquez punched the father-in-law of the intended shooting target, with the man in question expected to survive his injuries.
It was confirmed Wednesday night that Velasquez faces five counts in addition to attempted murder, including shooting a motor vehicle or aircraft, three counts of assault with a firearm, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, the willful unloading of a firearm from a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm with intent to commit a crime.
If Velasquez is convicted of attempted murder, he faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. The sentence could be further extended if he is found guilty on the other counts.
Police also confirmed that Harry Goularte, 43, had been charged with molesting a “close relative” of Velazquez. His mother had been employed by Velasquez for two years as a daycare teacher.
“The sad tragedy is that Mr. Velasquez chose to take the law into his own hands, endangering the public and everyone in the truck,” Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said.
“This act of violence also causes more pain and suffering for his family..”
News of Velasquez’s arrest sent shockwaves through the world of mixed martial arts – and especially at the American Kickboxing Academy gymnasium where Velasquez trained alongside Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold – with UFC icon Khabib posting a moving message of support on social media for his friend and sparring partner.
“You are the Cain man,” the Russian star wrote online.
“We love you and we always stay with you.”
Velasquez retired from MMA at the end of 2019, several months after losing what turned out to be his last fight against Francis Ngannou.
He was a two-time UFC heavyweight champion and beat Brock Lesnar, Junior Dos Santos and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira throughout his 13-year professional career.
After stepping away from MMA, he briefly pursued a career in professional wrestling and made appearances for various Mexican promotions as well as WWE.