The most anticipated fight night in the strength sports world is almost here. On Saturday, September 18, 2021, the world’s strongest man (WSM) champion Hafthor “The Mountain” Björnsson versus Devon “No Limits” Larratt headlines a stacked match card in Dubai, UAE, which has a total of nine matches. The card also includes a special “CrossFit” match between CrossFit Games veterans Josh Bridges and Jacob Heppner.
All nine matches can be viewed via pay-per-view at CoreSports.world for $ 9.99 plus tax. The full match card is as follows:
CoreSports – Fight Night 3 | Full card
- Main event – Hafthor Björnsson vs. Devon Larratt
- CrossFit Bout – Jacob Heppner vs. Josh Bridges
- Lightweight – Anthony de Bruijn vs. Giorgi Gachechiladze
- Heavyweight – Martin Bakole vs. Haruna Osumanu
- Featherweight – Stefi Cohen vs. Marcela Nieto
- Bantam – Avril Mathie vs. Jesca Mfinanga
- Super middleweight – Stephanie Fondjo vs. Badri Gogichashvili
- Super featherweight – Fahad Al Bloushi vs. Ayuba Tezikoma
- Super lightweight – Khalid Naseer vs. Abdul Malik Jabir
Originally, the main event was planned to be a clash between Björnsson and WSM champion Eddie Hall in 2017. But Hall suffered a broken biceps during a sparring session and their match was postponed until early 2022 – the current speculation is that The match will take place in March 2022, but no specific date has been confirmed.
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CoreSports founder and CEO Don Idrees felt it made no sense to replace Hall with another strong man. Larratt, one of the most decorated arm wrestlers in the world, got nodded as Hall’s replacement. The fight changed from “The Heavyiest Boxing Match in History” to “One of the strongman GOATs against an arm-wrestling GOAT” The band’s story is below:
Hafthor “The Mountain” Björnsson
- Height 6’9 ″
- Weight – 156 kg (344 lbs)
- Age – 32
- Athletic history – Strong man
Devon “No Limits” Larratt
- Height 6’5 ″
- Weight – 132.9 kg (293 lbs)
- Age – 46
- Athletic history – Arm wrestler
The battle for the main event is scheduled for six rounds in three minutes with 12 ounce gloves. In a YouTube video released on August 29, Hall shared his expectations for the match. He believes it is definitely an uphill climb for Larratt, who has only six weeks of preparation for the match, while Björnsson was one and a half years old. Björnsson’s training, however, was with the expectation of fighting Hall. Of course, anything can happen when both heavyweights enter the ring, as both can generate single-punch knockout power.
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2021 The World’s Ultimate Strongman
On September 17, 2021, the World Ultimate Strongman (WUS) 2021 competition will take place in Dubai – a day before Fight Night 3. The WUS competition will be live-streamed for free on CoreSports.world.
- Žydrūnas Savickas, Lithuania
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski, Poland
- Aivars Smaukstelis, Latvia
- Bobby Thompson, USA
- Oleksii Novikov, Ukraine
- JF Caron, Canada
- Rauno Heinla, Estonia
- Ervin Toots, Estonia
- Eythor Ingolfsson, Iceland
- Konstantine Janashia, Georgia
- Mikhail Shivlyakov, Russia
- Ramin Farajnezhad, Iran
- Mohamad Ezatpor, Iran
The format is head-to-head. Since there are an odd number of competitors, an athlete will run each event solo.
The men’s and women’s divisions compete in five events: log pressure for reps, a 60-second distance yoke ride, a farmer’s walk, a mysterious event and the Atlas Stones. The women’s division will compete in all five competitions, which only start at 7.00 EST (15.00 GST). The men’s division competes afterwards after a 30-minute break.
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