Ex-WWE star Jake Hager announces pro debut at Bellator 214 vs. J.W. Kiser
In November 2017, Bellator made a big announcement with the signing of former WWE star Jake Hager, known as “Jack Swagger.”
But despite initial thinking that he’d make his profesional MMA debut in 2018, it instead will come just a few weeks into 2019.
Hager (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) today announced his heavyweight pro debut will take place on the main card at Bellator 214 against J.W. Kiser (0-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). A Bellator official confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie following Hager’s announcement on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” stream on Twitter.
Bellator 214 takes place Jan. 26 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The 36-year-old Hager said he has another pro wrestling show to do this Saturday, and then will be in full-time MMA camp training for his pro debut, rather than splitting time training for MMA and keeping a foot in pro wrestling.
Hager is the latest former pro wrestler to make the move to MMA. That list includes Brock Lesnar, CM Punk and Bobby Lashley. Hager was an All-American at University of Oklahoma.
With the addition, the Bellator 214 card now includes:
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader – for vacant heavyweight title
- Champ Gegard Mousasi vs. Rafael Lovato Jr. – for middleweight title
- Henry Corrales vs. Aaron Pico
- Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser