Game of Thrones star Hafthor Björnsson has revealed that his sudden sparring session with Conor McGregor caused him to have trouble breathing.
Björnsson, who played Thor in GOT, had his fair share of fighting on the show, but going up against McGregor left him gasping for air, he explained. talkSPORT.
The 6ft 9ins Icelandic veteran battled with the MMA fighter for two minutes, but was in no shape to do so as he prepared to compete in the strongman competition.
The 32-year-old explained: “We scrambled for two minutes, then it was over.
“The whole video you see online is basically everything we did that day.
“Not at all (was I expecting it). I wasn’t ready to fight at all. After those two minutes I was out of breath.
“I was just training for Strongman and wasn’t in shape at all to do melee or anything like that.”
Björnsson initially planned to take a picture with the Irishman before his spontaneous wrestling – so he was in jeans.
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He continued: “It was funny because if you watch the video again, I’m wearing jeans.
“I’m basically just going to take a picture, then somehow this grappling came out of nowhere.”
And if his scrap had been prepared appropriately and in size, Björnsson believes his scrap would have gone a lot faster than two minutes.
When first asked how long McGregor would properly last against him, he said: “Maybe five[seconds]”
However, McGregor doesn’t think it will be that easy for Björnsson, whom he last met.
Notorious said: “It was a lot of fun. He’s a big guy – 6ft 9in, 400 pounds. And I still hooked him up.”
The pair may have a chance to go at it again soon as McGregor believes he is ready to resume kicking – ten weeks after breaking his leg in their UFC 264 trilogy fight against Dustin Poorer After less than