'Iranian Hulk' set to make bare-knuckle fighting debut in January
The latest addition to the Bare-Knuckle Fighting Championship is the 300lb bodybuilder known as the 'Iranian Hulk'.
Sajad Gharibi is 27 years old and also goes by the nickname the Persian Hercules. Standing at 6ft 2inches, he weighs the equivalent of a killer whale calf, and he's expected to step into the ring as part of the American fighting organization in 2020.
In the video below, the Iranian Hulk measures his muscles:
In 2016, Gharibi announced his intention to join the terrorist organization ISIS, as per the Daily Mail, but took to Instagram in January to explain that he was now planning to take up competitive combat sports, challenging someone to step into the ring with him.
He wrote: "Be brave and Invite me to fight, rather than hiding behind your sponsors. I am ready to fight you, show me what you've got to say in the ring."
Gharibi was subsequently take up on his challenge by a Brazilian rival in May, and he revealed that they are set to fight before the end of the year.
"So I'm finally accepting my first professional fight from a Brazilian fighter before 2020," he wrote to his almost 450K followers on Instagram.
While the identity of his opponent remains a mystery, it has been speculated to be 29-year-old Romario dos Santos Alves, appropriately known as the Brazilian Hulk.
This speculation comes, in part, from an Instagram video where Alves threatened to "tear off" Gharibi's head in March.
Alves has been seriously training since 2009, but he weighs in at a comparatively modest 209lbs.
According to local media, Alves almost lost an arm in 2013 because of synthetic oil injections. While the use of injected oil to increase the appearance of muscles in bodybuilders isn't unusual, it's not without consequence and potential side effects include pulmonary embolisms, nerve damage, infections and the formation of oil-filled ulcers in the muscle.
Another man who relied upon his synthetic oil injections is "Russian Popeye" Kirill Tereshin. As you can see, it didn't make him very strong:
It is believed that Alves and Gharibi have yet to fight.