James Haskell has signed with Bellator MMA

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Former England international James Haskell has signed with Bellator MMA.

Bellator Europe teased a big announcement to their Twitter followers earlier this morning, and then announced that they had signed the former rugby union star to their heavyweight division.

The news may come as a total shock to a lot of rugby fans, but MMA fans will know that Haskell has done a lot of punditry work for the sport.

The news is expected to be officially announced next week, but Bellator Europe have already posted photos of Haskell, and he absolutely looks the part.

Whilst in rugby, Haskell made his England debut back in 2007 and went on to earn 77 caps for his country, also appearing at two World Cups, in 2011 and 2015.

The flanker also helped his country win their first Six Nations Grand Slam for 13 years in 2016 before they defended their title the following year.

He was also included in the Lions' squad in 2017, but did not appear during the tour.

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The 34-year-old retired from the professional game earlier this year following a career which began at Wasps, where he won the English Premiership and European Heineken Cup, in 2007 and 2008.

Haskell in Bellator is certainly going to be something to keep your eye on in the following months.

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