Jack Swagger Signs With Bellator MMA, Announces He'll Fight Heavyweight in 2018


"Bellator is pleased to announce that it has reached a multi-fight, multi-year deal with Jake Hager, who was formerly known as "Jack Swagger" during his almost nine-year run with WWE".

Before spending a decade with WWE, Hager was an All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. He's getting a late start in the fighting game at age 35, but I am genuinely looking forward to seeing how he does. He finished seventh overall in the NCAA wrestling championships and set Oklahoma's record for most pins in a season (30).

In 2008 he won the ECW Championship, while he became World Heavyweight Champion a year later.

Swagger made the announcement today on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and said he's excited because stepping into the cage for mixed martial arts is something he's always wanted to do.

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'I'm definitely not on that CM Punk schedule.

Swagger has signed a six fight deal with Bellator, and is very happy with the arrangement. Swagger has been working on the independent scene since departing WWE earlier this year. Hager said he'll be competing in the heavyweight division.

Lesnar made his debut in 2006 and eventually became the UFC's heavyweight champion.

'I'm not a freak show coming in to take some money, I'm here to compete and be a champion'.