Cain Velasquez is not going to solely attend Bellator 300 on Saturday, however he’ll function one of many coaches and cornermen for light-weight champion Usman Nurmagomedov for his struggle in opposition to Brent Primus.
The ex-UFC heavyweight champion, who is predicted to go to trial on premeditated, tried homicide costs in January, was granted permission by the courts to permit him to nook Nurmagomedov on Saturday. California State Athletic Fee govt director Andy Foster confirmed the information to MMA Combating on Monday.
“He’s scheduled to nook,” Foster mentioned in a textual content despatched to MMA Combating. “We’re in possession of a court docket order allowing him to take action.”
As a situation of his release on bail this past November, Velasquez is required to obtain permission from the courts for any journey or appearances he makes. Velasquez had beforehand appeared at an expert wrestling card in Arizona in addition to different sponsorship duties that required him to journey throughout the US.
This would be the first time Velasquez has returned to nook a fighter since he was first arrested in February 2022 on a number of costs together with premeditated, tried homicide.
Velasquez was arrested after he allegedly went on a high-speed chase whereas firing a number of rounds from a handgun at a automobile containing Harry Goularte — the person going through costs of his personal after he allegedly sexually molested Velasquez’s 4-year-old son at a daycare owned and operated by his mom.
Goularte wasn’t harmed within the assault however his stepfather Paul Bender suffered non-life threatening accidents from a bullet wound he sustained. Velasquez was later arrested with out incident and spent the subsequent eight months in jail earlier than he was lastly granted conditional bail this previous November.
This previous Wednesday, Choose Daniel T. Nishigaya suggested Velasquez through his attorneys that he would set a trial date for his case in mid-to-late January 2024. Velasquez faces a large number of costs, which if convicted he faces the potential for all times in jail.
Throughout his struggle profession, Velasquez was considered one of many best heavyweights in historical past with a number of reigns as champion within the UFC. He retired from lively competitors in 2019.
He’ll now assist Nurmagomedov, who he trains alongside at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, in his upcoming title protection as he clashes with Brent Primus in the principle occasion at Bellator 300, which additionally serves as a bout within the ongoing Bellator Lightweight Grand Prix.