Love and support keeps pouring from the MMA community following the arrest of former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. This time, UFC #3 heavyweight contender Tai Tuivasa sent his support to the former two-time champion.
Velasquez was arrested in San Jose, California last month following a high-speed chase pursuing a child predator named Henry Goularte, Goularte is indicted for allegedly molesting a young relative of Velasquez’.
In the incident, Velasquez chased Goularte’s vehicle for 11 miles before eventually ramming it with his own pickup truck. He then shoot at the car – and accidentally hit Goularte’s stepfather instead of Goularte himself.
The 39 year old Velasquez was recently denied bail after being deemed too high risk by Judge Shalyna Brown.
Numerous UFC fighters commented on the matter. Shalyna Brown reporetdly received 37 letters from prominent personalities in MMA community yet she still declined bail. One of Cain’s supporters is former training partner Tai Tuivasa.
In his recent appearance in The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Tuivasa claimed that Velasquez is a “great guy” , always willing to help the up-and-comers in the gym.
“He’s such a great guy. In real life, he’s always in the gym, he’s always helping the younger guys, always helping the amateurs,” said Tuivasa. “I don’t know. Things take over.”
He also shared his opinion on how he wished the incident had unfolded.
“I wish he got the guy in the head,” Tuivasa added.
Besides Tuivasa, other fighters and figures from the sports also showed their support to Velasquez, who is now facing 20 years in jail if found guilty.
UFC commentator and famous podcaster Joe Rogan also shared his thoughts on this matter, wishing Velasquez had a chance to retaliate to Goularte.
“My only wish is that he just ran the car off the road, pulled that guy out of the f*cking car, and beat him to death. F*ck you,” he said during an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience.
Fellow UFC fighter and middleweight contender Derek Brunson led a charge to provide financial support for Velasquez by selling “Free Cain Velasquez” t-shirts on his website. Brunson is open about the fact that 50% of the T shirt sales goes to the Velasquez family. The other 50% covers the shipping and the cost of goods sold.