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Jake Hager retires from MMA – “I trained hard last year, but Bellator was j**king me off”

Jake Hager, a professional mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, has announced his retirement from MMA competition.

Signed under the Bellator MMA banner in 2017, Hager made his pro debut in January 2019. While competing with the promotion “Rock Hard” Hager would go undefeated at 3-0-1.  His fight with Anthony Garrett was declared a no-contest after knees to the groin.

But after not having competed since October 2020, Hager is done and says his decision came as a result of how he was handled by Bellator.

“Officially, I’m retired from MMA,” Hager stated during a “K&S WrestleFest” virtual signing. “I trained hard last year, but Bellator was jerking me off. I retired and I am now just focusing on wrestling.” (h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription)

the 41-year-old Hager is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling under the ring name Jake Hager. Hager is also known for his time in WWE under the ring name Jack Swagger, where he was a former world champion.