In a surprising and highly anticipated turn of events, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez has been given the green light to corner Usman Nurmagomedov in his upcoming Bellator 300 fight this weekend. Despite Velasquez’s ongoing legal issues, the court’s recent clearance for him to coach in the bout has fueled excitement in the MMA community.
Nurmagomedov, the 25-year-old rising star, expressed his enthusiasm in a statement to TMZ Sports, saying, “I’m so excited.” The championship tilt against Brent Primus in San Diego on Saturday night is now set to feature Velasquez in Nurmagomedov’s corner, adding an extra layer of intrigue to an already highly anticipated match.
A few weeks ago, uncertainty loomed over whether Velasquez would be able to assist Nurmagomedov, given the serious nature of the legal charges he is facing. Velasquez is accused of attempting to shoot Harry Goularte, who had been accused of molesting one of Velasquez’s close relatives. However, as reported by MMAFighting.com, Velasquez has been recently cleared by the courts to contribute as a coach in the bout.
Nurmagomedov, who has been training alongside Velasquez at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose in preparation for the match, expressed his joy over having the UFC legend by his side. “Cain, he talks with everybody the same. If you’re a star, he doesn’t talk with you differently. He’s a very good person, a family guy, and he’s really humble, too. He’s a very kind guy,” Usman shared.
The collaboration between Velasquez and Nurmagomedov extends beyond the training sessions. Nurmagomedov revealed that his cousin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, a legendary figure in the MMA world, has also offered tips and advice to help him gear up for the match.
As fans eagerly await Bellator 300, the involvement of Cain Velasquez in Usman Nurmagomedov’s corner has become a focal point of discussion. It adds an intriguing narrative to the fight, showcasing the resilience and support within the MMA community despite legal challenges. The matchup promises to be not only a test of skill in the cage but also a testament to the camaraderie and mentorship prevalent in the sport.