Jake Hager is undefeated in Bellator and he wants to prove that against the best. Fedor Emelianenko is currently a top name in the promotion and Hager considers that his fight.
Bellator and Emelianenko recently announced that his next fight will happen in Russia and a few possible opponents were named. Jake Hager was not among those possible challengers, but he believes that fight is one he needs. He had no problem putting himself in the same discussion as other top names in Bellator who are on Fedor’s level.
MMA Fighting recently had a chance to speak with Jake Hager and he was very confident to call out Fedor.
“Just because I have a shorter career doesn’t mean I’m not as worthy. I have a bigger following, I have more excitement behind me, and I have a brighter future than all of those guys. So give it to me [Bellator President] Scott [Coker], because I’m the one that you’re going to build this company on, not those guys that are just coming in for a one-and-done. I’m here for the next 10 years. Let’s go.”
“I really honestly believe that this is my fight [against Fedor]. It’s been my fight since I came to Bellator. … Who else do you want to see him fight in the top-10. Tyrell Fortune? Give me a break.”
This is a fight that Jake Hager is campaigning for in a big way. He wants to face Fedor and won’t take no for an answer at this point. It might take some patience, but Jake Hager believes he was already more than proven that he can be a legitimate threat to the biggest names in Bellator.
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