Jake Hager (a/k/a Jack Swagger) on tonight’s Bellator debut, WWE’s R-Truth performing during his entrance, attempting to use the Jack Swagger name, comparisons to Brock Lesnar

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Sporting News interview with Jake Hager
Conducted by Steve Muehlhausen
Interview available at SportingNews.com

On trying to use the Jack Swagger name: “I still have a very good relationship with WWE. That’s why they are allowing R-Truth to perform my entrance on Saturday. I thought that was a very good sign from them. It’s a little bit of writing on the wall from them. As far as the Jack Swagger name, they do not have it trademarked. I’m in the process of trademarking the name. I know there’s a singer who has it trademarked for musical performances. But, this isn’t music (laughs). I think I have a good chance of owning it down the line. I won’t have the name for this fight, but hopefully, by the second fight it will be Jack Swagger.”

Where he’s tired of being compared to Brock Lesnar: “No, I’m not tired of that comparison. I look at it this way, everybody has questions, everybody wants to identify me as a fighter in a certain way. On Saturday, I’m going to answer all those questions. They’re going to see from the show who I am. The questions do get tiresome at times, but it’s part of the game. If people want to compare me to Brock Lesnar – there’s worse people to compare me to.”

Powell’s POV: Hager also discusses the difference between him, Lesnar, and CM Punk, the degree of difficulty of getting punched in the face, and more in the interview. Hager is fighting JW Kiser on tonight’s event in Inglewood, California. Kiser has a 0-1 record as a pro MMA fighter and this is Hager’s debut. The fight will be broadcast as part of Bellator 214 on Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) at 8CT/9ET.

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