Former WWE developmental recruit Terrance Jean-Jacques will make his Bellator MMA debut next week at Bellator 251.
The 28-year old was a Division III All-American wrestler at the University of Rhode Island as a heavyweight and also wrestled at Rutgers and Iowa. He was part of the WWE Performance Center recruits in April 2016 that included Babatunde Aiyegbusi, Bianca Belair, Lacey Evans, Otis, Nikki Cross, Mikey Nicholls & Shane Thorne.
In 2017, Jean-Jacques received one year of probation after being charged with assaulting his pregnant girlfriend the previous fall and lost his contract with WWE. The Eagle-Tribune reported that he was charged with pushing his girlfriend, Jillian Gilman, and keeping her from leaving their apartment during an argument and pushing her onto his bed and sitting on her legs in October 2016. Jean-Jacques was reported by the outlet to have admitted to sufficient facts in the case.
He was facing additional charges, which were dismissed for witness intimidation, destruction of property, and threatening to commit a crime.
After leaving WWE, Jean-Jacques compete in several amateur fights and made his professional debut in June 2018. He has gone 4-2 as a pro and won his previous two fights for Premier FC most recently competing this past February earning a rear-naked choke over Ras Hylton.
Bellator officials confirmed to POST Wrestling that Jean-Jacques will be competing at light heavyweight against 27-year old Gustavo Trujillo, who holds a 2-1 record.
The two will meet on the prelims of Bellator 251 on Thursday, November 5th streaming at CBSSports.com and on Bellator’s YouTube channel. The main card that evening is headlined by recent signee Corey Anderson making his promotional debut against Melvin Manhoef.