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

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

While appearing on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani this afternoon, Jack Swagger (real name Jake Hager) announced that he's signed with Bellator MMA and will be debuting as a 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". Swagger has been working on the independent scene since departing WWE earlier this year.

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Swagger has legitimate skill as a amateur wrestler, setting a school record for most pins in a season (30) while wrestling for the University of Oklahoma. Hager said he'll be competing in the heavyweight division. "I like what Bellator are doing right now and the roster is filling up and it's not just top heavy, the guys in the middle of the rankings are very competitive and risky". I think there are certain types of guys who need to be punched in the face and taste blood. "They're really going to put 100 percent towards it", Hager said via a press release issued by Bellator. Jack Hager's history as a collegiate wrestler arguably gives him a better chance to succeed in the cruel word of mixed martial arts.

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