All Elite Wrestling superstars Sammy Guevara, Santana and Ortiz will represent the Inner Circle this Friday night at Bellator 231. Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports that the group will accompany heavyweight Jake Hager (2-0-0) to the ring for his fight against Anthony Garrett (4-2-0)
Hager debuted with AEW on the series premier of Dynamite earlier this month, joining up with Chris Jericho’s eclectic stable. It was the first time the former World Heavyweight Champion was featured on major primetime television wrestling since leaving WWE in 2017 – although he is technically still the Lucha Underground Champion, with a major role in the show’s final season.
Garrett will be the most experienced foe that Hager, 37, has faced thus far in his MMA career. He debuted in January earlier this year submitting J.W. Kiser (2-0-0) with an arm triangle submission in the first round. Four months later he did the same to T.J. Jones (1-2-0).
The bout will open the main card on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT – just about an hour away from his former employer’s world headquarters. Bellator 231 will be headlined by a battle of juggernauts, as former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir (18-13-0) faces “Big Country” Roy Nelson (23-17).