In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, who worked last night’s AAA TripleMania XXVII event, discussed his decision to work with the promotion over working with the WWE on an appearance.

“I grew up watching pro wrestling, and I’ve always loved it, especially lucha style wrestling. It’s something I’ve wanted to do, and I’m happy that I have this opportunity now to do it. (WWE) was a consideration, but for me, lucha libre has a more special place in my heart, from everything to my nationality to where I grew up. I have so much pride for lucha libre, so it hits me closer to the heart.”

The interview is available in full at this link.