Former UFC champion Cain Valesquez speaks out for the first time since being charged with attempted murder

Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has spoken out for the first time since he was charged with attempted murder in February.

The 39-year-old is accused of firing a handgun multiple times into a truck carrying Harry Goularte Jr., a man charged with molesting a four-year-old relative of Velasquez’s.

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The former heavyweight champion has received support from fans and colleagues

Velasquez missed his intended target and instead shot a 63-year-old man, Goularte’s stepfather, Paul Bender, who was in the company of the suspected paedophile and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The MMA legend was denied bail and is currently in jail but issued a statement to social media on Tuesday thanking everyone for their unwavering support during his darkest hour.

“To everyone that has expressed your support, my family and I will never be able to thank you enough,” Velasquez wrote.

“From the bottom of our hearts and the depths of our souls, we are forever grateful for your love. Your selfless gestures and kind words have given me strength in my darkest times.

“This story is complex and slowly unraveling as we speak. To the true victims of this case, may God give you the strength to come forward.

“Though it is most difficult to relive the pain that has happened to you, in speaking the truth, justice will be served and your own healing will start.


Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar battling over the UFC heavyweight title

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Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar battling over the UFC heavyweight title

“I will never stop helping or loving my community and all of you. Thank you for loving me – Cain Velasquez.”

Following his arrest, Velasquez received overwhelming support from the MMA community.

Dana White, Kamaru Usman, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Henry Cejudo are just some of the sport’s prominent figures who wrote letters to the Santa Clara County (California) Superior Court in support of Velasquez.

The former fighter was in court yesterday for a plea hearing that was adjourned until May 6.

If found guilty on all charges, Velasquez faces more than 20 years in prison.

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