WWE champion Brock Lesnar - a former UFC heavyweight champion - will also face UFC fighter Cain Velasquez at the event, which has been named Crown Jewel. Cain has been removed from UFC's USADA drug testing pool and from the UFC heavyweight rankings.
Boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez have signed to perform in WWE Crown Jewel on October 31 in Saudi Arabia, it was announced Friday at a news conference at T-Mobile Arena.
Speaking after the announcement of the fight, Fury said: "It's something I've always dreamed of, lifelong WWE fan, it's a fantastic opportunity for me to be here". Last month, Fury sustained a severe cut above his right eye in a twelve round decision win over Otto Wallin. ESPN announced on Friday that Velasquez is officially retiring from MMA and has informed the Ultimate Fighting Championship of his intentions to leave the sport.
The UFC did not immediately return a request for comment. That same event will also feature a match between Braun Strowman and Tyson Fury, which is reportedly a one-off venture for the British boxer ... at least for now. Fury has been on WWE's past two television shows in segments with Strowman, including a pull-away brawl Monday on Raw. However, due to numerous career-threatening injuries and surgeries, the Salinas, Calif., native had only been able to fight three times since his final title defence in 2013.
"This is definitely my focus", Cain said of pro wrestling last week.
Velasquez is a two-time heavyweight champion in UFC but had dabbled in wrestling lately.
"It's exciting times in the heavyweight division and you can tell the WWE understand, they understand what's going on".