Jake Hager was never finished with professional wrestling.
The 37-year old former All-American from Oklahoma spent several years on the roster at World Wrestling Entertainment (wwe) before his contract ended and he decided to turn his attention to a career in MMA.
Hager made his fighting debut in Bellator earlier this year while amassing 2-0 in his career with a pair of first round submissions on his resume with his third fight scheduled for Oct. 25.
The start came on Wednesday night with Hager expected to split his time between dates for AEW and fights in his new career as an MMA fighter.
“Bellator (encourages people), because it’s my belief (that) if I become a bigger star, then the company I work for also becomes bigger. That might just be logic – and that’s just silly to apply that to WWE – but it’s so nice. It’s so refreshing to be able to have that, and be able to go to them and have a conversation where I don’t know the answer beforehand. It’s refreshing.”
Hager is still fighting on Oct. 25 when he faces Anthony Garrett on the main card from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.