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Bellator: Ex-WWE champ Swagger to make MMA debut


Jack Swagger (From Instagram: @realjackswagger)

Jack Swagger (From Instagram: @realjackswagger)

By Rafael Bandayrel

Jake Hager, who went by Jack Swagger in the World Wrestling Entertainment, will follow the Brock Lesnar blueprint as he is set to make his MMA debut at Bellator 214, at The Forum in Inglewood, Califorina, on Jan. 26, 2019.

Hager, a former WWE champion, will take on 41-year-old John Wayne Kiser (0-1) in the undercard of the Heavyweight Grand Prix Finale between “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader.

“I think my career will be a lot longer than most people imagine, in mixed martial arts,” Hager told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

Similar to fellow ex-wrestler CM Punk (Phil Brooks), Hager will be transitioning from sports entertainment to MMA late at age 36. But unlike Punk, Hager has legitimate All-American credentials as he wrestled for the University of Oklahoma before signing with the WWE in 2006.

According to Hager, he doesn’t feel pressured because he believes in his abilities.

“I have nothing to prove. I’m doing this for me and my family. I know I belong and you will see that I do when I step in the cage,” said Hager, per

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