Many people from the MMA community have shown their support and willingness to help UFC veteran Cain Velasquez. Names such as Joe Rogan, Dana White, Derek Brunson, Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov and many others.
Professional fighters believe Velasquez shouldn’t be severely punished for his vigilante act. Derek Brunson was the first to fund raise for Cain – by creating a Free Cain t shirt. Brunson was criticized because only 50% of the t shirt profits went to Velasquez. Of course this is due to actual cost of good. Production and shipping cost.
Velasquez’s longtime coach Javier Mendez announced that a gofundme campaign to raise funds for Velasquez was created. Unfortunately, it is no longer active.
GoFundMe has shut down the fundraiser dedicated to Velasquez. The reason given, is because the platform highly prohibits raising money for the legal defense people accused of a violent crime. Speaking to MMA Junkie, the spokesperson for GoFundMe explained that they have removed two fundraisers and the funds have been returned.
“We can confirm that both fundraisers were removed, and all donors have been refunded. GoFundMe prohibits raising money for the legal defense of a violent crime.” The spokesperson said.
One of the fundraiser’s organizers was Javier Mendez. The head coach of American Kickboxing Academy took to his Instagram account to announce the fundraiser removal.
“Sorry guys I had to take down the [GoFundMe] for Cain because it did not meet their requirements and guidelines. So I’m redoing this post in honor of a man who truly Loves his Children.” Mendez wrote in the caption.
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This news was a let down for many of Cain Velasquez’s supporters. Velasquez remains incarcerated as the judge in his case considers him ‘high risk’.
According to the judge, Velasquez was denied bail, saying his alleged actions were “reckless,” and the “risk is too great” to allow him out of county jail. If only the legal system was this diligent when it came to the case of the man who abused a 4 year old relative over 100 times – and is suspected of having abused many more.