by Dane McGuire
Aside from admitting to UFC 210’s “towelgate” incident, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion offered support to his former teammate and fellow heavyweight kingCain Velasquez during his UFC Hall of Fame induction.
The case is ongoing.
“Every single moment that I had, Cain Velasquez was to my right and to my left,” Cormier said. “He never let me do it alone.
“This is my message to Cain — I know you’re going through it, my brother, I swear every time you look to your right, I’ll be there. You look to your left, I’ll be there.”
Per the San Jose Police Department, the former MMA and WWE superstar Cain Velasquez was arrested and charged with attempted murder after an alleged shooting incident in San Jose, California.
He last competed in MMA in February 2019, a first-round knockout loss to future UFC champion Francis Ngannou. He announced his retirement from mixed martial arts nine months later transitioning full-time into professional wrestling.
Velasquez was a two-time UFC heavyweight champion but was plagued by injuries. After a brief stint in the WWE, Velasquez has been working with AAA, a Mexico-based professional wrestling promotion.
ESPN previously noted that sources said Velasquez was set to continue wrestling.
Multiple outlets are now reporting Velasquez is suing Harry Gularte, 43, the man the allegedly tried to kill for allegedly molesting his four-year-old son.
“In the civil lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of a minor, the Velasquez family claims that Harry Goularte, 43, molested Velasquez’s 4-year-old son at a home daycare in San Martin, California.
Goularte’s mother and stepfather, Paul Bender, as well as the daycare, are also named in the lawsuit, according to the Times:
The Velasquez family claims Harry Goularte was allowed to spend time alone with the minor and other children on the property, including time he spent with children in a bathroom and a playhouse for extended periods of time. The child-care business and its owners “fostered and maintained an environment” where the children could be molested, sexually abused and harassed, the Velasquez family said in its lawsuit. Velasquez’s son spent five days a week at the home from 2021 to 2022, according to the complaint filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court this week.
The lawsuit accuses Goularte, 43, and his family of negligence, sexual battery and several other claims.
… In court, Velazquez’s attorney, Mark Geragos, identified the minor as Velasquez’s son. Goularte allegedly touched the boy “100 times” and other children were seen going into a bathroom at the child-care home with Goularte, Geragos said in court.
Goularte was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a minor by the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office in late February and was released two days later into a supervised program. That’s when Velasquez allegedly followed Goularte and his family by car before firing a 40-caliber semiautomatic handgun at them, wounding Bender.