Skip to main content

Velasquez, who defeated Brock Lesnar to win the UFC heavyweight championship in 2010, was pictured in the professional wrestling facility working with a well-known professional wrestling trainer.

Is this the first image of another WWE-UFC crossover?

Velasquez, considered by many to be one of the top heavyweights in mixed martial arts history, was featured on as he trained under former WCW professional wrestler and coach Norman Smiley, as noted by

“Two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez stepped inside the ring to learn techniques under WWE PC coach Norman Smiley and participated in a session of DDP Yoga led by WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page. Velasquez also worked out in the WWE PC’s weight room and attended last night’s NXT tapings at Full Sail Live”, the World Wrestling Entertainment website wrote.

“My experience here has been amazing,” Velasquez said. “I’m just looking forward to being here and learning as much as I can. I’ve been a fan of the sport since I was a little kid, and now I get to participate in it.”

Velasquez is a friend and frequent training partner of current UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who is a lifelong professional wrestling fan. Cormier is expected to face Brock Lesnar in his first defense of his second UFC title early next year.