Former UFC champion pleads not guilty to attempted murder

San Jose, California. (AP) – Two-time former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty Monday to felony attempted assault, assault and weapons charges involving a man who sexually assaulted one of Velasquez’s children.

Velasquez was charged in March in San Jose, California, after he allegedly shot at a pickup truck accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old family member.

Prosecutors said that on February 28, Velasquez chased a pickup truck carrying the man and his parents at high speed through three Silicon Valley cities and struck him with his truck. Prosecutors said he fired several times at the vehicle with a .40-caliber pistol, injuring the man’s stepfather, who was driving, in the arm and torso.

Velasquez was released from jail on November 9 on $1 million bail and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

KNTV-TV reported that after entering his plea, Velasquez asked the judge to allow him to travel to Arizona State University next month to wrestle at a Lucha Libre event scheduled for December 3.

The judge did not rule on the out-of-state travel request.

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