Swagger's catchphrase "We the People!" raised his profile, but earlier this year, he asked for his release from the company.
"There are just certain types of guys that just need to be punched in the face, want to taste blood", Hager said. In 2006, he set the Oklahoma single-season record for most pins in a season, while he was named an All-American 129kg (285 pounds) weight category.
Despite the loss he has expressed interest in continuing to fight and even has a fight reportedly lined up for 2018, however, no official announcement has been made as of this writing.
"I wasn't allowed to really compete up there even though I felt I could take anyone in the locker room", Hager said.
"While in WWE, Hager would go on to claim multiple coveted professional titles during his time with the organization, including the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship and WWE United States Championship".
Hager joins the likes of Brock Lesnar, Dave Bautista and Phil "CM Punk" Brooks as pro wrestlers who ventured into mixed martial arts.
The wrestler says he's been MMA/boxing training for eight months and is under contract for six fights. "I'm here to compete and be a champion".