As noted, former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger, fighting under his real name of Jake Hager, made a successful MMA fighting debut by defeating JW Kiser via first-round submission at the Bellator 214 event from The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Following the broadcast, which aired on the Paramount Network, which was formerly known as Spike TV, WWE took to their official website to tout the fact that Hager won his MMA debut in impressive fashion, and also put some shine on the fact that current WWE Superstar R-Truth was the performer who was rapping as Hager made his walk to the cage.
WWE.com posted the following after Jake Hager’s Bellator MMA debut over the weekend:
Jack Swagger wins in his professional MMA debut
The All-American American has found a new home in MMA!
Jack Swagger, fighting under his real name, Jake Hager, defeated JW Kiser by submission in the first round on Saturday night. Hager looked impressive in his Bellator MMA debut, showing a wide array of skills and channeling his University of Oklahoma amateur wrestling background. In a special moment before the big victory, Hager was played out to the cage by R-Truth!
Hager, who was a two-sport athlete in college (wrestling and football), set a record for most pins in Oklahoma school history, en route to being named an All-American during his collegiate career. Hager, of course, also compiled an impressive resume during his time in WWE, winning the World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship and ECW Championship.
Hager will now look to parlay all of that success into his time in Bellator, starting strong in his defeat of Kiser, now boasting a 1-0 record.
Check out what is essentially the entire Jake Hager vs. JW Kiser fight from Bellator 214 via the following two highlight videos from the DAZN USA and ESPN MMA YouTube channels.