Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson who is best known as “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones recently addressed his 2015 light sparring session with Conor McGregor. The video seems to show McGregor getting the best of the 2018 “World’s Strongest Man” but Björnsson says if it were an actual fight things would have been different. In an interview with “Off The Ball”, he was asked about his experience and seemed to want to let fans know that was just playing around on his part.
McGregor seemed to take a bit more seriously in the video until Björnsson seemed to concede to that match. While he admits he is not a fighter, he feels if it were not an impromptu encounter he would certainly get the best of “The Notorious” McGregor. Björnsson said at the beginning of the exchange he knew he could take him down, but he did not want to “break him.”
“Give me shorts and put me in a cage. I’ll fight you again.” – Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
It was far from a fight as it seemed to be the two were just toying with each other. However, when asked if that was the tone of the encounter Björnsson agreed that McGregor seemed to be taking it more serious than he was. “I don’t have the character for running around after small guys,” said Björnsson but he did say if it were an actual fight he would only need ten seconds to beat McGregor. See the full interview below:
Currently, McGregor has to be in court in June for the incident that happened at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, New York where he attacked a bus full of fighters. There seems to be some teasing his return to the UFC after that to face Khabib Nurmagomedov the current UFC lightweight champion who won the title that once belonged to McGregor at the very event that has him appearing in court. If Björnsson wants a piece of McGregor he will have to wait with the rest of the fans for him to return to action.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 30 years of martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour podcast, and also writes for Spectation Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel