Former WWE Star ‘Jack Swagger’ Jake Hagen Reveals Multi-fight Deal with Bellator MMA
Bellator CEO Scott Coker is about to start promoting another former
World Wrestling Entertainment star.
Jake Hager, better known by his WWE ring name Jack Swagger,
announced Monday on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani that he
had signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA and would make his
professional debut in 2018.
The 35-year-old Hager has spent the last 11 years under the WWE and
its affiliated developmental territories. The former WWE World
Heavyweight Champion was a legitimate collegiate wrestling standout
before his pro-wrestling days, taking All-American status as a
heavyweight at Oklahoma in 2006, the same season he set the team's
heavyweight single-season pin record with 30.
Hager was released by WWE in March and quickly announced an
interested in competing in MMA.
For Coker, Hager's signing follows in the footsteps of his previous
promotion of WWE notables Bobby
Lashley and Daniel Puder
dating back to his ownership of Strikeforce. Coker has also
confirmed that late last year, he had preliminary talks without
another recently released WWE talent, Ryan “Ryback” Reeves.
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