Bellator MMA crowned their new Heavyweight Champion last night when Ryan Bader defeated Fedor Emelianenko. But, one heavyweight fighter left the Forum with a lot of Swagger! Jake Hager made his professional debut in the heavyweight division and the 6’7’ 275 pound wrestling machine made quick work of J.W. Kiser with a first round arm triangle choke.
Formerly known in the World Wrestling Entertainment as Jack Swagger, Jake is a legit athlete who was an all American at the University of Oklahoma where he owns the record for most pins in the 285 pound weight class. He did take his athleticism to the WWE where he was an instant star with accolades of WWE World Heavyweight Champion, ECW Heavyweight Champion & winner of the Money in the Bank contract. The Tampa resident left that guaranteed money behind him and leaped into the MMA scene to reach for his dreams. With recent failure of CM Punk, people will be skeptical but, Jake Hager wants to follow more of the Brock Leanar path and become the Heavyweight Champion of Bellator MMA. With Ryan “Darth” Bader the new champ & and a great young heavyweight Star in Steve Mowry, Hager will have obstacles to reach his goal but if he can become champ that would be Bananas!