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

14 November, 2017, 04:13 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger has just signed for Bellator, and is set to make his MMA debut in 2018. The deal will see Hager make his MMA debut inside a Bellator cage.

Before spending a decade with WWE, Hager was an All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma.

He made his WWE developmental debut right out of college for Deep South Wrestling, but once on the main roster in 2008, he excelled and captured numerous company's titles, including the WWE championship, United States Championship and ECW Championship.

Swagger's reign on top was short-lived, and his remaining years on WWE consisted of many stop-start storylines which failed to fully connect with the audience. "Now it's such a popular time to be a pro wrestler, to be in combat sports, to be an MMA fighter where you can really take your opportunity and put it in your own hands".

Hager was released by WWE in March and quickly announced an interested in competing in MMA.

He will try to replicate the career of guys like Brock Lesnar, who have successfully moved from professional wrestling to MMA, and hopefully not like CM Punk, who lost his only fight in 2016. He has yet to fight again. "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".

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