Bellator signs former WWE champion, college wrestling standout Jake Hager

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    Bellator MMA has signed former WWE star Jake Hager, better known by his ring name Jack Swagger, to compete in its heavyweight division, Hager announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Swagger said he’ll be making his debut in 2018.

    Hager, 35, performed with WWE or its development territories for 11 years before being granted his release back in March. He’s a former WWE World Heavyweight champion and U.S. champion.

    In legitimate competition, Hager was a standout at the University of Oklahoma as a wrestler. He set the Oklahoma single-season record for most pins in a season with 30 in 2006. He was also an All-American that year in the 129kg (285 pounds) weight class.

    Hager, an Oklahoma native and Florida resident, has yet to make his MMA debut. Last month, he told FloSlam that he could be interested in one day fighting in mixed martial arts.



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    A very serious, LEGIT wrestler but old (35).

    Bellator signs former WWE champion, college wrestling standout Jake Hager

    I had suggested him as a possibility years ago. I wonder if he will be able to do well? He is very strong, was a really top notch amateur wrestler and has a big head that may be able to take some punches. I don't watch pro wrasslin' anymore so I don't know much else about him.
     
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    Shit I didn't see this thread and created one of my own. How did you not put "swagger" in your title muthafucka???
     
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    Hmmm

    Had no idea he was into this kinda man slamming action.

    Fwiw they say he was one of the most underused pro wrestlers of the last few years. Won the belt and then fell drastically from Grace and just never got back into any decent programming. Then people just forgot about him. He asked for his release this year.
     
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    That's interesting. Will definitely be tuning in to see how it goes. Dude has freakishly long limbs.

     
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    So, he’s 35 with no pro fights and only expressed interest in fighting 6 months ago? Does he have any training besides wresting and rasslin?
     
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    Jack Swagger vs Bobby Lashley inside the steel cage!!
     
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    Much more. He was an NCAA Division I wrestler and second string defensive tackle at University of Oklahoma.

    Jack Swagger - Wikipedia
     
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    D1 wrestling alone will go far at HW.. but to contend he better have gotten they hands crisp.
     
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    Bellators HW division is a weak. Their GP is full of LWH. I could see him becoming the champ unless he has a glass chin and terrible striking
     
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    Our sport isn`t growing.It`s declining.

    Sorry Jake.
     
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    It's not bad, it's just they chose to go with their name guys instead of going with who deserves it. Hopefully they stack the undercard with guys like Fortune and Wren and they call these guys out.
     
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    Swagger v Punk openweight no time limit UFC 1 rules with a bunch of chick fights on the undercard.

    Edit: $250 ppv.
     
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    That would be excellent!
     
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    I still think it's growing. Bellator is hosting an event in Isreal on Friday (not a great one, but still). GSP' s return did over a million BUYS, and Conor's fight with Floyd definitely exposed new fans to the sport.
     
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    I love MMA, and I love Pro Wrestling, but not enjoying the crossover between the two :-/
     
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    It's not a new thing though. There's always been close ties between the two.
     
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