Former WWE star Jack Swagger, now fighting under his real name Jake Hager, defeated T.J. Jones at the Bellator 221 event to become 2-0 in his MMA fighting career.
Hager won the fight with a first-round arm triangle submission. However, there was controversy when Hager did not let go of the submission right away when the fight was stopped.
While being booed by the crowd, Hager addressed the controversy:
“I meant no disrespect, but you’re going to have to make me stop. I thought the referee was him.”
DIRT BAG shit by Hager at #Bellator221
Holds the submission for way too long.
— MMA Raw & Uncut (@mma_uncut) May 12, 2019
?@RealJackSwagger gets the W tonight via submission.
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) May 12, 2019