Khabib Nurmagomedov Plans on Visiting Cain Velasquez in Jail

Khabib Nurmagomedov plans on visiting former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who was arrested and charged with attempted murder, in jail.

Khabib Nurmagomedov ringside during UFC fight

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Khabib Nurmagomedov ringside during UFC fight

Back in February, former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested and charged with attempted premeditated murder after he allegedly shot a man charged with molesting one of his relatives.

Over the weekend, Khabib Nurmagomedov became the latest fighter to join the “Free Cain” movement, as he revealed to TMZ that he plans on visiting Velasquez in jail to “give him good energy.”

“Yesterday, I was talking with coach,” Khabib explained. “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.”

Khabib went on to defend Velasquez for his actions, maintaining that Cain was simply protecting his family.

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

Nurmagomedov also noted that the man accused of molesting Velasquez’s family member is free, while Cain is behind bars.

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

Khabib added, “Never in his life, he’s 40-years-old, never in his life did he have a problem in social, you know, outside with people. 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.”

If convicted, Velasquez faces up to 20 years in prison. 

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