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Jack Swagger Signs With Bellator MMA In Heavyweight Division

14 November 2017, 07:21 | Joan Schultz

Jack Swagger

Former WWE star Jack Swagger signs with Bellator MMA and criticises CM Punk

Former WWE superstar Jack Swagger - his real name is Jake Hager - will be transitioning into mixed martial arts after inking a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA. In 2006, he set the Oklahoma single-season record for most pins in a season, while he was named an All-American 129kg (285 pounds) weight category. Following graduation and a conversation with legendary pro wrestling announcer and fellow Oklahoma Sooner, Jim Ross, Hager made the transition to professional wrestling and signed with WWE. I'd like to fight twice in 2018, ' confirmed Swagger to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour today. "I'm definitely like that".

"While in WWE, Hager would go on to claim multiple coveted professional titles during his time with the organization, including the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship and WWE United States Championship". He also won the Money in the Bank contract in 2010 and became world heavyweight champion when he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Chris Jericho in March 2010.

Earlier this year though, and 11 years after being signed, Swagger was released from WWE. Hager said he'll be competing in the heavyweight division.

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Swagger will become the latest in a long line of wrestlers who have tried their hand at MMA.

Hager said he has been training at the Ybor City Jiu-Jitsu Club in Tampa, Florida, for the past eight months.

"I felt a lot of love from Bellator", Hager said. "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 unsafe". "I'm here to compete and be a champion".

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