Gunnar Nelson has taken inspiration from former sparring partner Conor McGregor by training with Hafthor Bjornsson in a grappling exchange.
Bjornsson, who won international acclaim as ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones, was named World’s Strongest Man in 2018 and also set a new deadlift world record 12 months ago.
However, it is not just weights which have captured Thor’s imagination as he is set to face fellow Strong Man competitor Eddie Hall in a boxing match in Las Vegas later this year.
Back in 2015 in Iceland, McGregor was working with Nelson as part of a training camp before his world title fight against Jose Aldo and managed to get Thor in to camp.
What ensued was a legendary piece of film as the larger man chased down his smaller foe as body shots rained in from all angles.
Six years later, Thor paid a visit to his compatriot at his gym and instead spent the day grappling with the submission expert.
“I’ve been wanting for a long time, because a lot of my friends have been saying, I have no chance against you on the floor,” Bjornsson says in the video which was posted on the Strongman’s official YouTube channel.
“I’m just interested. To see if the technique and the experience is going to overcome the strength.
“Not only the strength but also the body weight.”
“When he asked me if his strength was surprising, I was like no but his conditioning was,” said Nelson. “He was able to keep going and not just conditioning but he was smart with his fights.
“He used his weight well. He’s not just heavy and strong but he’s athletic with his weight.”