“Jack Swagger” is officially booked for his arrival in the Bellator cage.
The former WWE superstar, whose real name is Jake Hager, will make his MMA debut when he fights J.W. Kiser (0-1) at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. MMA Fighting confirmed the matchup with officials following an announcement from Hager himself on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday.
Hager, an All-American wrestler at the University of Oklahoma in 2006, is best known for his time as a pro wrestler with the WWE. He carried the promotion’s World Heavyweight Championship for three months back in 2010 before parting ways with the company in 2017. He still performs on the independent scene.
The 36-year-old announced his signing back in November 2017 and was expected to debut at some point this year before seeing his debut pushed back to early 2019.