Jack Swagger Discusses How Being On WWE Television Helped Prepare Him For MMA

Jack Swagger speaks ahead of his second fight with Bellator MMA.

Jake Hager, better known to wrestling fans as Jack Swagger, is set to compete in his second professional MMA fight this weekend when he takes on TJ Jones. Hager was victorious in his MMA debut in January, defeating J.W. Kiser in the first-round with an arm triangle.

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Speaking to CM Punk on the CM Punk & Shram Show, Swagger discussed how being in WWE helped prepare him for MMA.

"The television aspect was very helpful. Knowing that everyone is watching, you have to prepare yourself a certain way. Having that experience, knowing when you're going to be on, helps you prepare mentally. Being a pro wrestler helps me be a better MMA fighter because I'm comfortable in my own skin."

On making the transition from pro wrestling to MMA, Swagger said, "It's been refreshing. After being on the road and traveling and having your body beaten down, it's nice to be at home and doing something that I love."

Not much is known about Swagger's opponent this weekend. Jones is a 1-1 as a professional and Swagger said of him, "He's a tall guy, good jab, strong right hand. He's going to be heavier than me. He's going to come hard."

Fightful will have live coverage of Bellator 221 this Saturday beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET with the preliminary card.

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