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Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has the public support of at least two dozen fighters after his arrest on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges.
As details of Velasquez’s legal troubles surfaced, fighters sided with the ex-champ for allegedly chasing down and shooting at a man accused of molesting his close family member. Velasquez is set to be arraigned on Wednesday and faces years in prison if convicted.
But to many of Velasquez’s colleagues, he is a hero and deserves no punishment. Here’s what fighters had to say about Cain Velasquez’s case.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) March 2, 2022
Free Cain you touch mine I’m coming the same way!!!
— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) March 2, 2022
Maybe when you’ve lost faith in the institution of law enforcement, vigilante justice is the only path forward. I wonder why he might have lost faith in law enforcement… https://t.co/9rbQELLQFM
— Cody Gibson (@TheRenegade559) March 2, 2022
I don’t want to live in a country where you can’t shoot someone who sexually abused your child. #FreeCain
— Funky (@Benaskren) March 2, 2022
I would like to hope if some scumbag molested an innocent 4yr old child the legal system would take into account the rage a father would have. California is pretty loose with actual violent criminals these days. Cain is far from that. #FreeCain
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) March 2, 2022
Im not condoning this type of behavior but i understand https://t.co/tjhxE4386s
— NOT Olivier Aubin-Mercier (@oliaubin) March 2, 2022
FREE Cain Velasquez
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) March 2, 2022
Read this. I don’t wanna hear anything else about CTE Or really any other shit. This dude protected his family. They released a scumbag. I’ve always been taught to protect my family and that’s at any cost! FREE CAIN https://t.co/HRhr3ZtXBk
— Kyle Crutchmer (@KyleCrutchmer) March 2, 2022
I stand by Cain and his family in these hard times. He is one of the most selfless, genuine people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know on a personal level. I almost can’t put into words how of amazing of a guy he is. He lives a good life. The truth will come to light.
— Deron Winn (@DeronWinn) March 1, 2022
If this is true @cainmma is a fucking hero bottom fucking line. There is nothing I respect more than when I man does this. 911 isn’t the answer for this. I’ll be the first one donating to a gofund me for his defense. Pedophiles need to die.. they can only be fixed with fire…. https://t.co/6FWnwA2QD0
— Sean Strickland (@SStricklandMMA) March 2, 2022
Cain opens fire to a rapist? Good choice champ https://t.co/0ZHxHrhwXM
— C H T O V E R A (@chitoveraUFC) March 2, 2022
Cain apparently shot a guy that molested his daughter? So why did he get arrested? It should be death for anyone that does that
— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) March 1, 2022
If it’s true Cain Velasquez tried to kill that boy cause his daughter was molested then damn, that boy got what he deserved
— Terrance McKinney (@twrecks155) March 1, 2022
I remember some people saying shit about Cain having CTE yesterday before the shit with Someone in his family being molested came out maybe y’all should have waited for more facts to come out before claiming the man had CTE #feeecain
— Sean BRADY (@seanbradymma) March 2, 2022
Cain Velasquez is in trouble for shooting someone who molested his child. I stand with him on that !! But I wonder if he should have shot him or beat him close to death. What would be worse in the eyes of the law ?
— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) March 2, 2022
I feel horrible for Cain and his family. This is the worst way revenge could’ve played out. Hoping they go easy on him.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) March 2, 2022