Cain Velasquez will be allowed to compete in a professional wrestling match in Tempe, Arizona on Dec. 3 after his request was granted at a special hearing on Tuesday.
Judge Artur Bocanegra, who also released Velasquez on $1 million bail after spending eight months behind bars, ultimately sided with the former UFC heavyweight champion, granting him special permission to leave the state.
“Based on the information provided by pre-trial services and all the information that was provided to the court regarding Mr. Velasquez’s request to travel to Arizona, the court is going to grant the request over the objections of the people,” Bocanegra said during the hearing. hearing.
As part of the terms of his provisional release, Velasquez will remove his GPS monitoring device while he travels to Arizona, but he must check with authorities to have the device put back on upon his return.
Velasquez will be allowed to travel from Dec. 1, with a return date to California on Dec. 4.
While in Arizona, Velasquez will be responsible for ensuring that an Arizona law enforcement officer provides detail and oversight throughout his trip to the state. Velasquez will be responsible for the expenses of the officer watching him while he is in Arizona.
The Santa Clara District Attorney strongly objected to the request, and also expressed concern about Velasquez’s participation in the event, which is taking place on the Arizona State University campus, and whether the college knew that a person accused of attempted murder would participate in the event. .
Despite these objections, Judge Bocanegra ruled in favor of Velasquez and his request to be allowed to travel to Arizona and compete in the wrestling match.
Of course, Velasquez visited Arizona State, where he was an All-American wrestler for the program, and the professional wrestling event took place at Mullet Arena, which also currently houses the Arizona State wrestling team.
Velasquez will compete in a tag team match at the upcoming Lucha Libre AAA event after previously working for the promotion after the end of his fighting career.
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As for his current court case, Velasquez is due back before a judge on Dec. 28 for a pre-trial hearing in which he faces numerous charges, including premeditated attempted murder after he allegedly staged a high-speed car chase and fired several shots with a handgun. in a car with Harry Goulart, a man accused of child molesting his 4-year-old son.