Jack Swagger announces signing with Bellator MMA

Former WWE star Jack Swagger signs with Bellator MMA and criticises CM Punk

While appearing on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani this afternoon, Jack Swagger (real name Jake Hager) announced that he's signed with Bellator MMA and will be debuting as a heavyweight in 2018.

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.

After an over decade-long run with the company, Hager chose to ask for his release from WWE back in March and was ultimately granted it.

Swagger's catchphrase "We the People!" raised his profile, but earlier this year, he asked for his release from the company. No fight date has been set for Swagger and he has yet to choose an MMA camp, but it should be interesting to see how he handles his career moving forward.

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Hager, who worked as Jack Swagger in WWE, was an All-American wrestler for Oklahoma University prior to signing with WWE.

He made his WWE developmental debut right out of college for Deep South Wrestling, but once on the main roster in 2008, he excelled and captured numerous company's titles, including the WWE championship, United States Championship and ECW Championship.

Hager, who said he was very thankful for his long tenure with WWE, has continued professional wrestling in the independent scene since his departure and is ready to take on a challenge he has wanted for quite some time.

"It's still a little bit shocking", Hager said. "It makes sense, right?"

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