James Haskell’s fights: Five of his iconic SCRAPS

Former England rugby star James Haskell is due to make his Bellator MMA professional debut at London’s SSE Arena on Saturday, May 16, with his opponent yet to be confirmed.

Here are five times he held his own on and off the rugby pitch.

1. Punching Justin Downey 

Back in 2012, Haskell was cited and subsequently banned for punching against the Cheetahs following the Highlanders’ 36-33 win in Bloemfontein. He was yellow carded at the time, despite the assistant referees recommending a higher sanction.