Hafthor Bjornsson’s fight with former MMA fighter Alex Simon cancelled as The Mountain continues preparations for Eddie Hall showdown as he shows deadlift strength
Hafthor Bjornsson’s fight with former MMA fighter Alex Simon has been cancelled due to the latter undergoing surgery for an injury.
The actor and former World’s Strongest Man winner, also known as ‘Thor’ who played Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in Game of Thrones, was due to face Simon in May in preparation for his boxing match with Eddie Hall.
Simon is a former Australia’s Strongest Man, who enjoyed success in powerlifting and set numerous records, including in squat lift, bench press and dead lift.
He has since transitioned into combat sports, competing in kickboxing and MMA, and was being used by Thor as opportunity to fight someone with similar attributes to Hall.
But the Mountain’s clash with Simon is off after he confirmed on Instagram he had to undergo surgery.
He wrote: “Bicep tendon surgery ✅.
“Not the news I wanted to give but last week during a sparring session I threw a punch and tore my left bicep tendon off the bone.
“I knew how bad the injury was instantly as I tore my right bicep tendon less than 2 years ago, obviously this means my boxing match with @thorbjornsson is off.
“I wish him best of luck in his prep, rehab is approximately 6 months, another setback for myself and this 1 was hard to take after a terrible few years for me, but it is what it is, s**t happens and I’ll tick every box rehab wise and get back to competing before the year is out.
“Can only hope my run of bad luck is behind me now and a successful run is coming my way.
“I will never quit it’s just not in me and I will achieve my goals in time.
“When your down and out you find out who actually has your back and to the people that do I will not forget when we are rolling soon, only a matter of time, let the rehab begin.”
Bjornsson and fellow ex-World’s Strongest Man champion Hall are due for a highly-anticipated showdown in Las Vegas in September.
Dubbed the ‘Heaviest Boxing Match in History’, Thor and his British rival agreed to settle their differences in the ring.
The genesis of the feud can be traced back to when Hall won the 2017 World’s Strongest Man as Bjornsson accused the Brit of cheating during the Viking Press.
However, video evidence uploaded to Hall’s YouTube channel appeared to dismiss the Icelander’s claims.
Now, the pair will come to blows in Sin City and the Englishman has drastically trimmed down the bout, but retained his strength as he showcased in a devastating display of power.
Despite the setback for Thor, who has already stepped in the ring for an exhibition fight against Steven Ward, he continued training and posted himself deadlifting a whopping 290kg.