1:48 PM PT -- Velasquez's hearing was continued until May 6 -- meaning the UFC legend will remain behind bars for at least another three weeks.
It should be noted ... at the hearing Tuesday, fellow UFC legend Daniel Cormiershowed up to support his good friend.
Cain Velasquez has finally broken his silence on his attempted murder case -- releasing a statement from jail on Tuesday, thanking his supporters and urging "the true victims of this case" to come forward.
Velasquez just posted the message on his social media page -- just hours before he's set to go before a judge for a hearing in the case -- saying he's grateful for all of the fighters and fans who have pleaded for his release from jail following his February arrest.
"To everyone that has expressed your support, my family and I will never be able to thank you enough," Velasquez said. "From the bottom of our hearts and the depths of our souls, we are forever grateful for your love."
Velasquez has been hit with 10 criminal charges, including one count of felony attempted murder.
In his note, Velasquez urged the "true victims of this case" -- presumably others he believes Goularte has molested -- to speak out.
"May God give you the strength to come forward," the UFC legend said. "Though it is most difficult to relive the pain that has happened to you, in speaking the truth, justice will be served and your own true healing will start."