CONFIRMED | James Haskell's debut MMA fight announced - Ruck

CONFIRMED | James Haskell’s debut MMA fight announced

Retired rugby star James Haskell will make his professional mixed martial arts debut on 16 May at Wembley’s SSE Arena.

The 34-year-old will fight on the undercard of the Bellator promotion, with his opponent yet to be decided.

“Mike Tyson said it – everyone has got a plan until you get hit in the face. But for me it is a test, it’s a journey,” said the England international.

“I’m not messing around with this. There has been overwhelming support but some people think it’s a bit like a scene out of Rocky III.

“I’m dedicating my life to this. I want to make sure I am in the best possible shape and whatever happens at the end of it I am going to put as much dedication into this as I did into rugby.

“I’m deadly serious about it. I don’t want it to be the case where I get into the cage and I look like I’ve never taken a punch before, it looks like I’m just here for fun. I’m not about that.”


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2. Eric Liddell – Rugby and Athletics

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5. Jarryd Hayne – Rugby and American Football

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