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Cain Velasquez Returns to UFC Fold Amidst Legal Battle: A Cornerman's Comeback

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is set to make his return to the octagon, not as a fighter, but as a coach and cornerman for Gabriel Benitez. The announcement comes as Velasquez navigates through a tumultuous period in his personal life, marked by legal challenges and an impending court hearing.

Despite being out on bail after facing attempted murder charges, Velasquez has been granted permission by the Nevada Athletic Commission to corner Benitez in his upcoming clash against Jim Miller at UFC Vegas 84. This follows his previous cornering stint for Usman Nurmagomedov at a Bellator event in California last October.

UFC officials confirmed the news, underlining Velasquez's commitment to coaching fighters even amidst his legal troubles. After spending eight months in jail, Velasquez was granted bail in November 2022, allowing him to pursue work commitments, including coaching and appearances at professional wrestling events.

Velasquez's return to the UFC fold highlights his connection with the fighters at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, where he trained during his illustrious UFC career. The fighter-turned-coach has been an integral part of the MMA community, contributing his expertise to the development of rising talents.

The legal saga surrounding Velasquez stems from a high-speed chase and alleged gunfire incident on Feb. 28, 2022, involving Harry Goularte, who faces separate charges for alleged misconduct with Velasquez's son. Velasquez faces numerous felonies, including premeditated attempted murder.

Despite multiple hearings and delays, the court proceedings continue, with a significant hearing scheduled for Feb. 14. If convicted on all charges, Velasquez faces the grim possibility of life in prison.

In the face of these challenges, Velasquez's return to the UFC as a cornerman reflects his dedication to the sport and the fighters he mentors. As the MMA world watches the legal drama unfold, one can't help but acknowledge the resilience and commitment that Velasquez brings to both the octagon and his role as a coach, embodying the spirit of a true warrior.


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