Jake Hager: My Plan When I Left WWE Was To Go To MMA, Be Undefeated, Return To Face Roman Reigns

Jake Hager (Jack Swagger in WWE) worked for WWE until 2017, having a successful career as a former ECW Champion, World Heavyweight Champion, United States Champion, and more.

After leaving WWE, Hager remained active in the world of wrestling, but put his amateur wrestling skills to use by entering the world of MMA. Hager signed with Bellator MMA in 2017 and made his professional debut in January 2019.

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Speaking during a K&S WrestleFest signing, Hager discussed his original plans after leaving WWE.

"When I left WWE, my plan was to go to MMA, get really good, be undefeated and then go back to WWE and wrestle Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. A little slight turn. A lot of that happened. We were close. I'd kick Roman's butt. He knows it, I know it. If you want to tell him that, tell him that," said Hager.

Hager went 3-0 with one no contest due to accidental groin strikes in his Bellator MMA career. He has not fought since October 2020 when he defeated Brandon Calton by split decision.

Elsewhere during the virtual signing, Hager announced he had official retired from MMA. You can find his full comments by clicking here.

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