When Cain Velasquez announced he was trading the Octagon for the wrestling ring earlier this year, a lot of eyebrows were raised around the world.
He had lost in February 2019 on a UFC card to the powerful Francis Ngannou, in his first fight for two-and-a-half years, but that result by no means made him a relic of the past.
He's actually still under contract to the company, but he is being allowed to break away into the world of professional wrestling, and he's well-stocked with a real-life amateur background.
Maybe this is why he wowed so many people when he appeared for his first match for Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA.
At their annual super-show Triplemania earlier this month, he teamed with Psycho Clown and All Elite Wrestling VP Cody Rhodes in a Trios match, with their team on the victorious end against Texano Jr, Taurus and Killer Kross.
Velasquez showed incredible athleticism in the ring and at times looked like an actual luchador - astounding for his first match and at the age of 37.
It seems like it's caught the eyes of a huge promotion in the form of New Japan Pro Wrestling, as Velasquez himself was spotted at the New Japan Super J Cup show in California last night.
ESPN reporter Marc Raimondi tweeted that Cain was set to have an 'informal meeting' with top officials from New Japan, which signifies that they'd be heavily interested in bringing him into the fold.
It would be a huge coup for NJPW considering Velasquez's name value, but considering he's under contract with UFC for another three fights, it may make things a bit complicated for anyone who wants to try and sign him.
Velasquez is contracted for two more matches in AAA, one being at Madison Square Garden next month, but his options after his final date in October in Inglewood, California will be very open.
Cody Rhodes, one of the men he teamed with at Triplemania, is said to have been impressed with how Velasquez conducted himself and it would be no surprise to anyone if AEW made a play for him.
But he also trained at WWE's Performance Center last year, and with the success of Ronda Rousey you'd have to think that Vince McMahon would welcome him with open arms to the company.News Now - Sport News