Bellator Signs Former WWE Wrestler Jack Swagger (Jake Hager)

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  1. CC27

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    https://www.mmafighting.com/2017/11...hampion-college-wrestling-standout-jake-hager

    Bellator is getting some much-needed swagger.

    Jack Swagger, that is.

    The MMA promotion 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.

    Hager transitioning to MMA continues a long tradition of pro wrestlers and fighters going back and forth between the two mediums.
     
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    Sweet. I'm assuming it won't be until late 2018 or something, but I'm looking forward to it. Maybe later down the road we can have Lashley v Swagger to see who was the better ECW champion.
     
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    I've heard of his name but never seen him wrestle. The more the merrier when it comes to HWs
     
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    Meh. As long as he looks To actually learn mma. He does have a wrestling background , so I wish him well
     
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    He's actually a wrestler unlike Punk but he's 35 and never fought.

    5 years ago this could have been something real, with his size and wrestling if he took few years earlier on to learn striking etc he could have been a big deal at HW. Now I think he'll probably smash a few bums, get paid, bring Bellator alittle awareness from wrestling fans.
     
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    And Bellator should book him vs Lashley, maybe not for his debut for at some point it should happen. One thing that could set him apart for someone like Lashley is if he really is full time into this and nothing else. Lashley doesnt want to be an mma fighter, he's a wrestler who fights in mma once in a blue moon. Atleast right now it looks like he's gonna try to be a real mma fighter and not do both which is a good sign.
     
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    They need to sign Zeb Colter too as his mouthpiece. #WeThePeople

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    Aw yea, the All-American American!
     
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    that is cool as hell actually.
     
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    Dude has a legit NCAA wrestling background. I don't know what he's like now, but he could have caused a splash years ago when he got of college.
     
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    Nice! I'm genuinely interested. I remember Swagger from WWE's off-brand version of ECW.

    He also beat Cain Velasquez in wrestling, take from that what you will.
     
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    Yeah, I think his MMA career is going to be like Herschel Walker's.
     
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    Won't be a huge ratings getter. But will probably help a show a bit. Was never a gigantic name in WWE.

    But actually has some wrestling skills. Expect him to get fed jobbers like Lashley for a few years. Probably never actually get a step up.
     
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    he is gonna do real well i think. he could be gus with collegiate skillz
     
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    Their entrance theme was legit

     
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    Maybe he will be in the hw tournament
     
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    Will watch. Bigger deal than skinny punk.
     

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