Cain Velasquez opens up on time spent in prison: “My mind ran both sides of it. We always have to have faith”

Cain Velasquez has spoken candidly about the time he spent in prison.

Velasquez was detained in February, but on November 8 he was released on bond. This allowed him to compete in a Lucha Libra wrestling match. However, the former UFC heavyweight champion did serve 253 days in prison and has a potential 20 year sentence hanging over him if he’s found guilty of attempted murder.

Cain Velasquez spoke about his time in jail on the Keepin’ It 100 podcast. He said the following:

“My mind ran both sides of it – the bad side and the good side. We always have to have faith. It doesn’t matter what position we’re in, where we’re at. We’ve always got to look for the best-case scenario for us and just know that our lives are something much bigger and it’s all going to work out for the best, always…”

“They had me in protective custody. It was very low-key. (There was) only a few people that I was able to kind of hang out with. I guess the good thing about it is you’ve got a lot of alone time with yourself, and the bad thing about it was you’ve got a lot of alone time with yourself…”

Velasquez continued: “I did (hear about the support), and I have, and I just want to thank everyone. I truly appreciate everyone’s support in all of it. It means so much to me. It gave me a lot of strength when I was in there. I feel it and I just want thank everybody forever for that.”

Cain Velasquez is presently out of prison and is able to spend time with his family as he waits for his trial date.

After losing to Francis Ngannou by KO in 2019, Velasquez’s MMA career came to a conclusion. The former heavyweight champion has victories in his record over notable fighters like Brock Lesnar, Junior dos Santos, Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.