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Jack Swagger Signs with Bellator MMA

Posted By James Walsh on 11/13/17

UPDATED: Bellator MMA has confirmed that Jake Hager has signed a contract with the company to fight as a heavyweight. Bellator sent out a press release noting that the deal is a multi-year, multi-fight one.

ďThis is something Iíve wanted to do for a long time. Itís something thatís a part of me, so it makes sense. Iím very happy with the deal. Iíve felt a lot of love from Bellator,Ē said Hager. ďI think there are certain types of guys who need to be punched in the face and taste blood. Iíve always been a fan of MMA, Iíve been wrestling since I was five-years-old. Itís awesome to be with Bellator. Theyíre really going to put 100 percent towards it!Ē

ďIím excited to see Jake Hager debut for Bellator in 2018,Ē Bellator President Scott Coker said. ďWhen I heard he was seriously interested in competing in MMA and when you look at what he did at the collegiate level, I was very interested in having him on our roster. I think Jake will expose new fans to Bellator from his previous run with WWE and he will be given every opportunity to prove that heís the real deal inside the cage.Ē

ORIGINAL: PWInsider reports that during the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Jake Hager (Jack Swagger) signed a contract with Bellator MMA to compete in their heavyweight division next year.

He announced during Chael Sonnenís podcast in March that he requested his release from WWE because he wasnít getting opportunities. Since then, heís worked for several independent promotions, occasionally managed by his wife Catalina. Itís unlikely WWE will let him use his Jack Swagger name during his MMA career.

This also means that Swagger will be fighting in the same division for Bellator as Bobby Lashley.

Just announced in studio on #TheMMAHour with @arielhelwani, @RealJackSwagger is now a part of the heavyweight division! #BellatorNation pic.twitter.com/6VXMACJQkX

ó Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) November 13, 2017