Former England rugby union international James Haskell will make his professional mixed martial arts debut on May 16.

Haskell called time on his 17-year rugby career in May 2019 before signing with American MMA promoter Bellator three months later.

The former Wasps and Northampton flanker, who won 77 caps for England, will be on Bellator’s London card

James Haskell is to make his MMA debut in the Bellator heavyweight division on May 16

He will feature in a heavyweight bout against an unnamed opponent held at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

The former Wasps and Northampton back-row forward has been training with London Shootfighters gym. 

Haskell will fight on the card headlined by James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor in a bantamweight contest which has been rescheduled for the third time.

Former England rugby star James Haskell to make MMA debut with Bellator on May 16

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