Jake Hager could have made the transition to MMA from professional wrestling, but he still has something of that old Swagger in him.
On Saturday night at Bellator 221, Hager earned his second professional MMA victory, featuring T.J. Jones with a first-round arm-triangle choke. The fight developed as expected for the former NCAA DI All-American to shoot down the worker from the meatpacking plant with ease and mistreat him on the ground before blocking the strangulation of the final fight at 2:36 seconds of the fight. first round. That's where things got hairy.
After blocking the arm-triangle choke and getting Jones' bad, Hager continued to cling to the strangler, even after referee Mike Beltran intervened. Beltran had to separate Hager from Jones and gave a stern talk to the former WWE champion, who seemed bewildered by his dress.
After the fight, Hager revealed that he clung to the strangler because he did not realize that Beltran was the one trying to stop the fight. He also added some colored comments about how happy he was with the victory, despite the fact that the crowd had turned on him and was booing him.
"I thought the referee was him," Hager said. "That's fine, everyone can boo all they want because they're not here now." After the last fight, the boy was wrapping punches even when I had him, so he did not know, he felt like him, it happened so fast. You know what, I'm hard right now with the emotion, I have an erection. "
The post-fight interview was overshadowed by another WWE superstar who became MMA heavyweight Brock Lesnar who, after knocking out Frank Mir in his rematch at UFC 100, announced that he would "get on top of his wife".
Unlike Lesnar, Hager's post-fight interview did not seem to attract him to fans who continued booing as he left the cage. However, Hager did not think he was laughing all the time.
Hager improved to 2-0 in his professional MMA career and seems to be a marketable product for Bellator in the future.