Jake Hager always intended to return to a major pro wrestling promotion, even with Bellator career

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 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 […]

Video: Jake Matthews says Rostem Akman’s body hair made him ‘more slippery’ in UFC 243 bout

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jake Matthews said his love of Motorhead – not pro wresting – made him walk out to pro wrestler Triple H’s entrance music at UFC 243. He acknowledged a lackluster win was more important than putting on a show, and added Akman’s body hair actually made him more slippery during the contest. […]

Jake Matthews: Rostem Akman’s body hair made him ‘more slippery’ in UFC 243 bout

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jake Matthews said his love of Motorhead – not pro wresting – made him walk out to pro wrestler Triple H’s entrance music at UFC 243. He acknowledged a lackluster win was more important than putting on a show, and added Akman’s body hair actually made him more slippery during the contest. […]

Jake Matthews Wants ‘Legend Fight’ Against Carlos Condit Following UFC 243 Triumph

While it seems as though Jake Matthews has been around the Ultimate Fighting Championship forever, “The Celtic Kid” only turned 25 this past August. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC 243 Prelims: Jake Matthews Decisions Rostem Akman in Native Australia

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Video: Jake Matthews expects to fight through a hairy situation to get a win at UFC 243

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MELBOURNE, Australia — Jake Matthews knows he’ll have to fight through a hairy situation against opponent Rostem Akman to get a win at UFC 243. The 25-year-old prospect also discusses his standing as a veteran of the Australian mixed martial arts scene now despite still being very young in age. View […]

Motivation Easy To Find For Jake Matthews

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Ex-WWE superstar Jake ‘Jack Swagger’ Hager booked for Bellator 231

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Former WWE superstar Jake Hager — best known by his pro wrestling moniker “Jack Swagger” — has booked his third professional fight with his return set for Bellator 231 on Oct. 25 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. In his next fight, Hager is expected to face Anthony Garrett, a […]

‘Being bad is cool’: Go behind the scenes with Jake Hager at Bellator 221

Gallery Jake Hager def. T.J. Jones at Bellator 221: Best photos Former WWE star Jake Hager returned to action at Bellator 221 in May, and the promotion’s cameras followed him every step of the way through his second fight-night experience as a professional mixed martial artist. The heavyweight known to pro wrestling fans across the […]

The Weekly Grind: Jake Heun pays homage to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at Rizin FF 16, Garbrandt gets giant back tattoo

The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour. As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness that makes their lives, well…interesting. To commemorate these day-to-day hardships, slip-ups, pranks, and more, we bring you, “The Weekly Grind.” .@JakeHeun […]

Trading Shots: What was the point of Bellator 221 squash match between Jake Hager and ‘beef plant’ guy?

Did Bellator give us an irredeemable squash match by pitting former WWE wrestler Jake Hager against beef plant worker T.J. Jones, or is this just par for the course in MMA? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMA Junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in this week’s Trading Shots. * * * * […]

Submission Underground 8 results: Jake Shields outworks ‘Mr. VanZant’ Austin Vanderford

Jake Shields’ ability to control position made the difference in the main event of Submission Underground 8, because it allowed him to defeat Austin Vanderford after three overtime periods. Shields struggled to find an opponent for the card before Vanderford, the husband of UFC women’s flyweight contender Paige VanZant that was introduced as “Mr. VanZant,” […]

Trading Shots: What was the point of that Bellator 221 squash match between Jake Hager and the ‘beef plant’ guy?

Did Bellator give us an irredeemable squash match by pitting former WWE wrestler Jake Hager against beef plant worker T.J. Jones, or is this just par for the course in MMA? Retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMA Junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss in this week’s Trading Shots. * * * * […]

T.J. Jones Predicts First Round Knockout Against Jake Hager at Bellator 221

T.J. “Tombstone” Jones is ready to shock the world by defeating former World Wrestling Entertainment star Jake Hager. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jake Hager expects to be ready to fight for Bellator heavyweight title in 2020

CHICAGO — At Bellator 221 media day, Jake Hager discussed his upcoming fight against T.J. Jones, juggling his MMA and pro wrestling career, his path to the Bellator heavyweight title, and much more. View full post on MMA Fighting – All Posts

Statement on Jake Collier

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UFC’s Jake Collier accepts 10-month suspension from USADA, claims ‘simple mistake’

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced on Tuesday that Jake Collier has accepted a 10-month suspension term after he declared the use of a product that listed and contained a prohibited substance, and subsequently tested positive for that substance. Collier (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) tested positive for Higenamine as the result of an out-of-competition urine sample […]

Jake Collier Accepts 10-Month USADA Suspension for Use of Banned Substance

Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight Jake Collier has accepted a 10-month suspension for testing positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition sample collected on Dec. 27. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (8 p.m. ET) with Joseph Benavidez (in studio), Jake Hager

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with guests Joseph Benavidez and Jake Hager. Benavidez is coming off a unanimous decision win over Dustin Ortiz at flyweight at UFC on ESPN+ 1 earlier this month. He’ll co-host the show in the studio and help us figure out the UFC’s flyweight […]

Practically born on a mat, Bellator’s Jake Hager feels his path to MMA will work out best

The former college football player and wrestler, best known as WWE’s Jack Swagger, debuts in MMA at Bellator 214 while also wanting to stay in pro wrestling. In many ways, you can say Jake Hager was almost a born wrestler, since he competed in the sport since the age of five. But after a dozen […]

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