Jake Hager is planning on returning to MMA in 2022. The All Elite Wrestling star took some time off after he had surgery in April. He was able to wrestle, but competitive fights were off the table for about a year.

Now, Hager says he intends to return to fighting in 2022. The Bellator star has two fights left on his contract with the promotion. He talked to Throwing Down with Renee and Miesha about his upcoming fight plans.

“So it’s been a year since my last fight. I had surgery in April, so I really kind of just took this year to myself and kind of deal with the recovery. It had a lot to do with pro wrestling. I was literally going to shows out of surgery. So it was cool to get back and just kind of step back and relax, and look my body and let my body heal.

I think that’s a big word that all MMA guys can say, heal. Now at the end of the year, I’m starting to train again. I’ve got a teammate that’s training for a bare-knuckled MMA fight, so I’ve been getting back in there, having a lot of fun, getting the itch.

I think next year I’m going to aim for two fights. I’ve got two more fights remaining on my Bellator contract, so I’m aiming to do that in 2022. Maybe in April, maybe May. We’re just going to go there. Right now I’m a top ten undefeated heavyweight, so I know the competition is going to increase. But we’re ready, we stay ready, this is the time to capitalize and no one’s going to take that away from me.”

It sounds like Hager is ready to go. The Bellator heavyweight division will be waiting for his arrival. A healthy Jake Hager is a definite threat to make a title push when he does return.

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Thanks to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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