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Jake Hager's third MMA fight ends in no contest due to low blows


Due to low blows, Jake Hager's third mixed martial arts fight ended in a no contest.

The AEW wrestler faced off with MMA journeyman Anthony Garrett in the opening bout of tonight's Bellator 231 event from the Mohegan Sun Casino. The fight was stopped after less than two minutes when Hager connected with a hard knee to the groin, his second such illegal blow in 30 seconds. Referee Dan Miragliotta ruled it unintentional and declared the fight a no contest. 

Hager had three of his Inner Circle stablemates -- Santana, Ortiz & Sammy Guevara -- cheering him on at cageside. There was an AEW logo on his banner as well. AEW was not mentioned on the broadcast, nor were the other wrestlers identified by commentators John McCarthy and Mike Goldberg.

Hager made his AEW debut on the Dynamite premiere and aligned with AEW World Champion Chris Jericho, Santana, Ortiz, and Guevara.

“We The People” was still part of Hager's ring entrance tonight, despite the AEW promo where Jericho called the catchphrase dead.

Hager's MMA record is now 2-0 with one no contest, while Garrett is at 4-2 with one no contest. One would think that Bellator would try to rematch them as soon as possible. Hager was a -700 favorite going into the fight.