Jake Hager’s fight against Anthony Garrett was stopped at 1:56 of the first round after an accidental groin strike from Hager rendered Garrett unable to continue.
Jake Hager fight ends in a no contest when he knees his opponent in the dick #AEW pic.twitter.com/emL9OHLZWI
— Eagle-Eyed Social Media User Dan Why-Ner (@DanWeiner) October 26, 2019
This was bad. He can't recover and the fight's over. Ends up a NC. #Bellator231 pic.twitter.com/FjNPdaKEHR
— ShayMyName (@ImShannonTho) October 26, 2019
“Well I’m obviously disappointed with the finish tonight,” Hager said after the fight. “I didn’t think I kneed him at all. Is it something I’d be interested in running back? I don’t know. He didn’t really seem like he wanted to fight tonight, so what’s going to change the next time? Is he really going to want to fight the next time?”
Hager missed AEW television this week because he was in Connecticut preparing for the fight. There was a lot of pressure on him in part because of how AEW has booked him as an undefeated MMA fighter and the baddest man in wrestling. Garrett is bigger than Hager and one of the more legitimate opponents he has had to face.
Last night’s no contest moves Hager’s MMA record to 2-0-1, leaving him still unbeaten and he is expected to return to Dynamite on Oct. 30 in Charleston, WV.