Jake Hager announces retirement from MMA

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Hager is done with his MMA career. 

In the summer of 2022, the 3-0-1 Jake Hager confirmed that he had an MMA fight lined up for October of that year. His last documented fight took place at Bellator 250 in 2020 where he bested Brandon Calton via split decision. 

An update on Hager’s MMA career was provided as he was doing a virtual signing with K & S WrestleFest. He stated that he is officially retired from the octagon. Hager said he trained hard in 2022 but Bellator was ‘jerking him off’ so now he’s focusing on wrestling. 

Officially, I’m retired from MMA. I trained hard last year but Bellator was jerking me off and I retired and I am now just focusing on wrestling now.

When it comes to his wrestling career, he hopes to have the longevity that Chris Jericho has had. 

The plan is to continue wrestling. It’s who I am. I’ve been around wrestling since five years old so, I hope I can do it as long as (Chris) Jericho’s doing it so, I just gotta keep on working, keep on getting better.

Hager had previously expressed interested fighting Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianeko.

In 2021, UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones took to social media and announced a grappling match between himself and Hager for the Fury Professional Grappling promotion. To read Hager’s account of why the match did not take place, click here

Jake is signed to All Elite Wrestling. The 41-year-old was last in action in the Over Budget Charity Battle Royal at All Out.

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit K & S WrestleFest with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.

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