News.com.au – The man mountain dubbed the Iranian Hulk has been floating an MMA fight for years and now he might finally have a start.
He’s big, he’s mean and you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry, well, we assume anyway.
But the Iranian Hulk Sajad Gharibi will finally have a chance to prove he can live up to his Marvel superhero namesake when he finally steps into the ring.
The powerlifter has announced he will finally step into the ring in 2020 for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships.
Standing 1.88m tall, the 27-year-old weighs an incredible 178kg and has amassed over 450,000 followers on Instagram, who tune in to see his daily routine.
While it seems like he will finally get in the ring now, he was supposed to debut before the end of the year.
“I’m finally accepting my first professional fight from a Brazilian fighter before 2020,” Gharibi wrote on Instagram back in April. “I’m ready for the challenge”.
He was meant to fight the “Brazilian Hulk” Romario dos Santos Alves after the South American called out Gharibi.
Romario was a scrawny security man until he hit the gym and with the aid of injections is the proud owner of biceps measuring a staggering 25 inches.
But the Iranian Hulk was left without an opponent when dos Santos Alves pulled out.
“Having accepted his challenge, I soon realised that this coward Brazilian Romario (Brazilian Hulk) refused to fight with me in the cage,” he wrote in July.
“I should have known he wouldn’t have the guts to face me.”
Now Gharibi is set to make his debut in the BKFC.
BloodyCanvas.net owner Jon Realjo posted on Twitter about the announcement and the unfortunate name of the promotion “USA vs Iran: World War 3”.
Gharibi, who describes himself as a “living shield for Iran”, once pledged to help the fight against ISIS.
But the cage has become too appetising for the man mountain and it now looks like he’ll have a start.
How good he’ll actually be remains to be seen but he’ll prove a tough opponent for whoever steps up to fight him.