Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has been arrested and charged with attempted murder following an alleged shooting that took place in San Jose, California on Monday afternoon, according to an official statement from the San Jose Police Department released Tuesday morning.
The statements reads:
“Cain Velasquez was the suspect arrested yesterday in connection with this incident. He was booked into Santa Clara County main jail for attempted murder.
“The motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation at this time.”
Online records show that Velasquez was booked into the Santa Clara County jail late Monday night and he is currently being held without bail. Velasquez is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
According to the initial report, the alleged victim was “shot at least once” near the intersection of Monterey Hwy and Bailey Avenue and was then “transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.” The shooting was reported at 3:14 p.m. local time.
NBC Bay Area was first to report Velasquez’s alleged involvement in the incident. TMZ was first to report the charges on Tuesday.
Velasquez, 39, is widely regarded as one of the best heavyweights in modern MMA history. He is known for his epic trilogy against Junior Dos Anjos, which he won 2-1.
Velasquez fights out of the famed American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, California, which has housed MMA champions such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier, Luke Rockhold, Mohammed “King Mo” Lawal, and more.