Former WWE star Jack Swagger is getting into the MMA world, as he just announced he'll be fighting for Bellator in 2018 as a heavyweight. The 35-year-old Hager has spent the last 11 years under the WWE and its affiliated developmental territories.
Before starting with WWE in 2006, Swagger was a standout amateur wrestler at the University of Oklahoma. The former All-American wrestler for the Oklahoma Sooners made the announcement on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday afternoon.? His deal with Bellator is reportedly for six fights.
"While in WWE, Hager would go on to claim multiple coveted professional titles during his time with the organization, including the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship and WWE United States Championship".
Swagger's catchphrase "We the People!" raised his profile, but earlier this year, he asked for his release from the company.
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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.
Amusing enough, Hager's bracket in wrestling that year also featured future UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, former Bellator champion Cole Konrad as well as current American Top Team wrestling coach Steve Mocco.
'I'm not a freak show coming in to take some money, I'm here to compete and be a champion'.