Rugby Former Rugby Star James Haskell to Transition to MMA, Signs with Bellator

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Rugby NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: James Haskell, of Northampton Saints and England, poses after announcing his retirement from rugby at a press conference held at Franklin's Gardens on May 07, 2019 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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Former rugby star and England international James Haskell has signed with MMA promotion Bellator. 

The promotion announced the news on Thursday with the hashtag #Haskell2020, suggesting he will make his heavyweight debut next year:

Bellator Europe@Bellator_Europe

🏉 👊 After finishing up a stellar 17-year professional rugby career, @jameshaskell has officially made the jump to MMA!
Who’s excited for his Bellator debut? #Haskell2020

The 34-year-old confirmed the move on Twitter, where former England international andDancing On Ice winner Kyran Bracken poked fun at the former back-rower:

Kyran Bracken@KyranBracken

@jameshaskell Couldn’t you just do ice skating or strictly like rest of us? #barmy @dancingonice @bbcstrictly

Per MailOnline’s Will Griffe, Haskell retired at the end of last season after collecting 77 caps for England. On the club level, he’s mostly remembered for his association with Wasps after coming up through their academy.

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