Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested following a shooting near Monterey Highway and Bailey Avenue in Morgan Hill this morning.
NBC Bay area confirmed that shooting reported late Monday involved Velasquez. Police have at first refused to clarify the circumstances of the shooting or a motive but some sources say that one man was shot and taken to a hospital with non life threatening injuries – and one man was arrested, presumably Velasquez. San Jose Police wrote on social media:
“Units are currently at the scene of a shooting near the intersection of Monterey Hwy and Bailey Ave. One adult male shot at least once transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. One suspect in custody. Unknown motive or circumstances.”
Reports confirm Velasquez was booked into Santa Clara County Jail and is held on no bail. But now the charges he was booked on were publicized – and they’re not minor. Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is facing an attempted murder charge. Attempted murder is punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment. If a gun is used, the minimum sentence is four, five or seven years, dependent on prior convictions and relation to organized crime.
Velasquez was born and resides in the South Bay area.
The shooting was reported at 3:14 p.m., police said.
“Cain Velasquez was the suspect arrested yesterday in connection with this incident,” San Jose Police said in a statement on Twitter. “He was booked into Santa Clara County main jail for attempted murder. The motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation at this time.”
4/ Cain Velasquez was the suspect arrested yesterday in connection with this incident. He was booked into Santa Clara County main jail for attempted murder.
The motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation at this time. pic.twitter.com/bBuuPQytNx
— San José Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) March 1, 2022
Considering he’s being held on no bail – it’s doubtful that will materialize any time soon. Velasquez is 39 years old, he retired from MMA after several debilitating injuries. He’s been doing good in professional wrestling to date. His professional MMA record stands at 14 victories, 3 losses – Velasquez last fought current champion Francis Ngannou back in 2019.