Hager was already in Connecticut ahead of his fight at the time of Dynamite's airing, but his AEW running buddies are about to join him.
ESPN combat sports reporter Marc Raimondi reports that Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz will be in attendance at Bellator on Friday night, in support of Hager. Raimondi adds there could be a post-fight photo op inside the cage, most likely if Hager were to emerge victorious.
Hager is currently undefeated as a heavyweight in Bellator, sitting at 2-0, although the level of competition he's faced so far hasn't been considered top flight. Each win came via first-round arm-triangle choke submission, first over JW Kiser in January, then TJ Jones in May.
His next opponent, Garrett, outweighs Hager by roughly 20 pounds, and boasts a record of four wins and two losses, with three of his wins coming via some form of knockout.