EX-UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has signed for Mexican wrestling promotion AAA – amid rumours of a Conor McGregor move to WWE.
Velasquez announced he will he will make his pro wrestling debut at “TripleMania” on August 3 – the promotions premiere event.
The 36-year-old, who lost to Francis Ngannou last month, confirmed he will make a run as an in-ring performer – opposed to a cameo promo appearance.
He said: “I will be an in-ring performer for sure. With more time learning this beautiful sport, great things will happen.”
Ex-UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who at one time was a pioneer for the sport, traded the 4oz gloves for wrestling boots last year.
Now Raw Women’s Champion, Rousey tweeted to welcome former two-weight UFC champion McGregor to WWE.
It came after McGregor, 30, announced a shock retirement from MMA, despite previously revealing he was in line for a July return to the octagon.
The Notorious tweeted: “Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
“I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
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“I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”
To which WWE star and fellow Irishman Finn Ballor responded: “See you at ‘Mania brother.”
McGregor has been linked with a move to WWE in the past, with ex-opponent Floyd Mayweather and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson both making cameo appearances before.