The Mountain warns Conor McGregor he would crush him in 10 seconds in an MMA bout
Sometimes I sit and fantasise about what my tactics would be if I was ever to fight Conor McGregor. I'm taller than him and probably weigh a bit more, but if I'm honest, I genuinely reckon he has enough power in those legs of his to kick my head clean off. Not only that, but Conor McGregor could probably punch me so hard that he would flatten my head. And, then, once my now-flattened head was flying around the eight walls of the cage, he would put me on the floor, lock me in an armbar and shout something along the lines of: "HOW D'YA LIKE DEM APPLES?".
Essentially, what I'm trying to say is Conor McGregor is a madman. But, more than that, he is one of the hardest men on the planet. Honestly, look at him: the tattoos, the cauliflower ears, the skull that looks thick enough to take 1000 hits to the head before it even resembles the first sign of cracking. He is insane. He is dangerous. And, to prove this point, he is also responsible for the worst Burger King advert of all time.
However, for all his toughness, McGregor only stands at around 5ft 8 and weighs 70kg. For this reason, it would be understandable if he felt a little intimidated by a 6ft 9 colossus who claims that he could "crush" McGregor within 10 seconds.
Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, AKA the World's Strongest Man, claims that he could easily beat up McGregor in a UFC fight. Bjornsson, known for playing The Mountain in Game of Thrones has previously demonstrated this, with him famously crushing Prince Oberyn Martell's skull with his bare hands during the show.
The mismatched pair have previously sparred back in 2015, and Bjornsson has warned that if they were to actually fight for real, he would destroy him.
"Bring me shorts and put us in a cage, and I'll fight him again," Bjornsson told the YouTube channel Off the Ball in a video posted Monday. "If I get a grab on him," Bjornsson said, it would be over "in 10 seconds."
When discussing their previous sparring session, Bjornsson implied that he went easy on McGregor because he did not want to hurt him. "I knew I could take him down, but I just didn't want to break him," Bjornsson said.
"He felt really light. I had him a few times, but I just didn't want to break him."
Bjornsson added: "He's quick and slippery, so it's hard to get a grip. There were moments where I could have just messed him [up].
"There's a huge size difference between me and him, but I'm not used to getting punched. I'm no fighter; I'm wearing jeans and shoes. I just took my shirt off, and we were joking."
Given that Bjornsson weighs in at 180kg and is over a foot taller than the Irish-born fighter, I don't think we should be expecting a fight anytime soon. However, this is Conor McGregor we're talking about, so don't be surprised to see him pile on the pounds and start issuing the smack talk in the coming weeks.