“This Is Not Fair To Sit In Jail And Other Guy, He’s Outside” | Khabib Nurmagomedov Trying To Visit Cain Velasquez In Jail

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 05: Khabib Nurmagomedov is seen in the corner of Umar Nurmagomedov of Russia after his victory during the UFC 272 event on March 05, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is still behind bars in the most polarizing criminal case in combat sports. After his arrest for attempted murder over the abuse of his child, the mixed martial arts world has put its full support behind his plight.

His American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate and former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, revealed that he plans to visit Velasquez for moral support.

Support From The Eagle

“Yesterday, I was talking with coach, Jav (AKA head coach Javier Mendez),” Nurmagomedov said to TMZ. “I tell him any chance or is it possible to go and see him in jail? In Russia, we can go and see anybody like I asked him because I don’t know the law here in the U.S. I really wanna go to see him. After a couple of days, I’m gonna be in San Jose. I wanna go to see him, shake his hand, give him good energy.”

Since he retired from the sport of MMA, the undefeated former champion has been in his native Russia. However, as a new promoter with his Eagle FC promotion which holds events in the United States, Nurmagomedov is back in America after having an Eagle FC fight in Miami, Florida, on May 20.

Khabib understands rough justice. He famously jumped the Octagon cage to settle the score with Conor McGregor and his teammates during their fight at UFC 229 in 2018. Both fighters were suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The Price Of Protecting Your Family

“Anybody in the world who respects himself, who loves his family, he’s gonna do same thing,” Khabib continued. “C’mon, nobody gonna think about law or something when you have something about your family. You have to protect your family.”

Velasquez is charged with firing a .40 caliber handgun on a highway in San Jose at a car carrying Harry Goularte, who is accused of molesting Velasquez’s 4-year-old son. The driver, Goularte’s stepfather, was shot and seriously wounded. Goularte’s mother, who also was in the car, escaped injury in the incident that came after Velasquez reportedly had chased the three for 11 miles.

Goularte, 43, has reportedly been out on bail since February. His court conditions are that he must stay at home with an electronic monitoring bracelet and cannot be within 100 yards of any child under 14.

What About The Other Guy?

“This is not fair to sit in jail and other guy, he’s outside,” Khabib continued. “What about other guy? Put this guy in jail, too! He’s more dangerous for people than Cain Velasquez.”

“Never in his life, he’s 40-years-old, never in his life did he have a problem in (society), you know, outside with people,” Khabid added. “He’s the most respectful guy I’ve ever seen in my life. I was training with him more than 10 years, I know his family, everybody.”

A Glimmer Of Hope

Currently, Velasquez’s attorney, Mark Geragos, is using a defense rooted in potential brain trauma or CTE from his professional fighting career.

Last week, Judge Shelyna Brown stated in a court hearing that brain injuries “might be a suitable defense or a pertinent defense or something that should be considered for mitigation.”

With fighters starting fundraising campaigns by selling FREE CAIN T-shirts and the plethora of voices in the sport showing support, Khabib’s potential visit is a big statement toward the solidarity around Velasquez’s case.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.