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Ex-WWE world champion Jack Swagger signs with Bellator MMA as heavyweight

13 Novembre 2017

Former World Wrestling Entertainment World Heavyweight Champion Jake Hager has signed with Bellator, the 35-year-old revealed to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.

Bellator MMA continues to sign well-known free agent athletes to its roster, but their most recent signing may come as a surprise to MMA fans around the world.

"We have been working and talking with them [Bellator] through the summer, we started negotiations and whatnot, and it literally got finalized this weekend", Jack explained. A specific date for the first fight hasn't been set, but we'll keep you updated once it's made official.

Before entering professional wrestling, Hager was a standout amateur wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. He would make his debut under the name Jack Swagger in September 2008, appearing for the ECW brand. His WWE run included reigns as ECW champion, WWE US champion, world heavyweight champion, as well as becoming the Money In The Bank ladder match victor at WrestleMania XXVI.

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According to Swagger, whose 10-year stint with WWE ended in March, he made the jump because he wasn't getting the same things out of the WWE that he could fighting.

He is expected to make his MMA debut in 2018.

Swagger seemed to be excited upon making the announcement, adding, "I'm a little in shock still - a little surreal but I'm very excited about it. It makes sense, right?"

Ex-WWE world champion Jack Swagger signs with Bellator MMA as heavyweight