Jake Hager spent several years in World Wrestling Entertainment performing under the ring name 'Jack Swagger.' However, these days Hager is forging a new path in the sport of mixed martial arts.
This past January, the 6'5" native of Perry, Oklahoma showcased his impressive amateur wrestling skills in his Bellator MMA debut. The former WWE Superstar managed to make quick work of his opponent, J.W. Kiser — winning the bout via arm-triangle choke in the very 1st round.
While the 36-year-old looked impressive in his 1st professional showing, MMA rarely allows fighters time to sit back and enjoy their accomplishments —the sport can be cruel in that regard.\
Though his fight with Kiser was just a few short weeks ago, fans are already eager to see what the future has in store for the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Being that Hager is a newcomer to the sport, Bellator will likely have him face other inexperienced fighters in the early going. Of course, assuming all goes well, the former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler should get chance to take on some very big-name opponents before it's all said and done.
With that in mind, let's take a look at some matchups we could see very soon and a few potential dream fights that could happen later on...
From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.