Former WWE Superstar Jack Swagger Inks Multi-Fight Deal with Bellator MMA

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When asked how the news would affect his pro wrestling schedule, Swagger said he wants to continue wrestling in addition to his new career in MMA.

The 35-year-old, whose real name is Jack Hager, spent 11 years with WWE and became the World Heavyweight Champion, but requested his release from the company and was officially granted it in March. For the most part, today's Superstars have had to ply their trade on the independent circuit before earning a place on the roster, or at least come through NXT.

Hager, who wrestled and played football for the Sooners, was among the nation's best collegiate performers in 2006.

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Swagger's reign on top was short-lived, and his remaining years on WWE consisted of many stop-start storylines which failed to fully connect with the audience. His career has sort of worked in reverse and it's only now that Swagger has gotten a taste of the indies.

Wrestling won't be all that Swagger is getting up to in the coming months however.

Jake Hager - the man formerly known in WWE as Jack Swagger - is on his way to the world of MMA after signing a deal with Bellator. Bellator then quickly followed that up by posting a video of Swagger signing his contract.

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Bellator has sent out a press release hyping up the signing of Jake Hager.

Another pro wrestler is trying their hand at mixed martial arts.

"Bellator has been a home for other crossover stars such as Bobby Lashley, but it's uncertain what the long-term plan is for Hager in the confines of the cage".

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