Conor McGregor doesn’t think Jose Aldo will show up for the main event at UFC 194.
One of the most anticipated showdowns in the sport’s history, the promotion’s event on Dec. 12 is serving as a replacement bout to the one that should have taken place months earlier at UFC 189. Aldo pulled out of that bout weeks before, citing a fractured rib, leaving McGregor to assume the champion will only do the same come UFC 194.
He’s called on every featherweight and all the other fighters up to 170 to be prepared to step in last minute.
But what about a man at 400 pounds?
Standing at 6-foot-9, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson — otherwise known by his Game of Thrones role, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane — the Iceland native is one of the largest and strongest men on the planet. Watching the video, you can’t necessarily say the two men “fought,” but seeing Björnsson scrap with a man standing an entire foot smaller than he is certainly a sight in its own right.
“Today I had a bare-knuckle fight off a 180kg monster called ‘The Mountain,'” McGregor wrote in a photo caption on Instagram. “I’d never fought, or even seen a man that big before.”
Björnsson placed third in the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2015 — the third bronze trophy he’s earned in the international competition. He placed second in 2014, falling behind Lithuania’s Zydrunas Savickas.
If all goes well, McGregor faces Aldo to unify the featherweight titles on Dec. 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. If not, here’s hoping the UFC can sign Björnsson.