Former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger, working under his real name of Jake Hager in the very real sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), has an official date, opponent and show for his official Bellator MMA debut.
Hager appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday and announced that he will officially step foot into the Bellator MMA cage to begin his transition from the sports entertainment world of WWE, to the combat sports world of MMA next month.
Hager will make his official MMA debut against J.W. Kiser on the undercard of the Bellator 214 event at The Forum in Los Angeles, California on January 24th, airing live and free via the Paramount Network (f.k.a. Spike TV).
The former “Real American” from the world of WWE will take his 0-0 pro MMA record into the cage along with his legitimately impessive amateur wrestling credentials from his pre-WWE days in Oklahoma against MMA novice Kiser, who is sporting a pro MMA record of 1-1 heading into what will be a closely watched contest.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 3, 2018
Jake Hager / “Jack Swagger” tells @arielhelwani he will be fighting January 26th on the Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals event at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. He will be taking on JW Kizer.https://t.co/oh11yz7lR6
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) December 3, 2018