Former WWE Superstar Jake Hager (Jack Swagger) beat J.W. Kiser by first-round arm triangle choke on the main card of Bellator 214 that took place on January 26, 2019 at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Paramount Network and DAZN. WWE sent out the following on the former star winning his MMA debut:
The All-American American has found a new home in MMA!
Jack Swagger, fighting under his real name, Jake Hager, defeated JW Kiser by submission in the first round on Saturday night. Hager looked impressive in his Bellator MMA debut, showing a wide array of skills and channeling his University of Oklahoma amateur wrestling background. In a special moment before the big victory, Hager was played out to the cage by R-Truth!
Hager, who was a two-sport athlete in college (wrestling and football), set a record for most pins in Oklahoma school history, en route to being named an All-American during his collegiate career. Hager, of course, also compiled an impressive resume during his time in WWE, winning the World Heavyweight Championship, United States Championship and ECW Championship.
Hager will now look to parlay all of that success into his time in Bellator, starting strong in his defeat of Kiser, now boasting a 1-0 record.