Jake Hager, Fedor

Jake Hager Trolls MMA Community With Fake Fedor Emelianenko Fight Announcement

Jake Hager has successfully trolled MMA and professional wrestling fans alike, with a poorly photoshopped fight poster for an October bout with MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.

On Wednesday, AEW and Bellator competitor Jake Hager took twitter by storm, as he revealed he was the man to face Fedor Emelianenko for his return to competition on 23rd October. Of course this was fake, but also very funny. One week earlier, Bellator had announced that Fedor would be returning to main event their first card in Russia at the VTB Arena in Moscow, although no opponent was confirmed. Hager sensing an opportunity to campaign for his shot and punk a few of his followers, tweeted the following: “I can’t wait! @bellatormma @fedoremelianenkoofficial @aewontnt #aewdynamite is LIVE 2 Night”.

Attached to the tweet was a rather dubious fight announcement poster for an upcoming clash with Fedor, which presented more than a few red flags. For starters, the original poster, was advertising a meet and greet opportunity with Hager and Emelianenko at Bellator 222 back in June 2019. This combined with the black block text that overrode key details of the original poster, should have been enough for fans to realize Hager was simply trolling them– but it wasn’t.

Looking at the comments underneath the tweet, besides a few skeptical observers, Hager was very successful in trolling his fans, and even managed to fool a few minor wrestling blogs along the way. What a joker!

Thirty-nine-year-old Jake Hager sits at 3-0-0, 1 NC in MMA, with all four of his contests being under Bellator banner. Hager will of course be best known for his time in professional wrestling, most notably his nine year stint on the WWE main roster. Since making his professional MMA debut in January 2019, Hager has juggled MMA and wrestling and is currently signed with fast-rising professional wrestling company, All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

Fedor Emelianenko on the other hand, needs no introduction. His storied 39-6-0, 1 NC career saw him capture and hold the PRIDE Heavyweight title for four years until the company went defunct. Along the way, he defeated multiple hall of famers including Mirko Cro Cop, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mark Coleman. Now in the final stretches of his legendary run as a professional, Emelianenko competes for Bellator MMA where he holds a 3-2 record with the company.

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George Glinski
George Glinski is the founder of popular bare-knuckle boxing blog toethelinebkb.com and works as a staff writer and post-fight interviewer for BKBtm. His contributions to mymmanews.com include MMA, boxing, bare-knuckle boxing and Lethwei, with a particular focus on the British scenes.