The former world’s strongest man winner was supposed to face his long-time strongman rival Hall next month, but the Brit had to pull out due to a bicep surgery
Hafthor Bjornsson will fight arm-wrestling legend Devon Larratt in Dubai next month after missing out on a bout with Eddie Hall.
Bjornsson was due to face Hall in Florida but the Englishman withdrew after suffering a torn biceip and changes were made to both Bjornsson opponent and the fight venue.
He will now take on Larratt, who is considered the top arm wrestler in North America, as part of a two-day event which will culminate in the super-heavyweight clash.
The pair are friendly, but will step into the ring together after Bjornsson trained for over a year in an effort to prepare for this fight date.
Lennox Lewis is reportedly training with Larratt to help him get in fight shape, although the Icelandic strongman will be a big favourite given the timeframe in which he can train.
“And it’s on,” Bjornsson said in an Instagram post. “Finally a fight confirmed for September 18th! Good luck, you’ll need it this time around!”
Larratt responded with a post of his own saying he found it hard to turn down a big event like this, adding “I have a hard time with the word no.
“Thanks to Thor and Core Sports for the opportunity. Five weeks for Lincoln hawk to become Rocky.”
The card will also feature a bout between crossfit stars Jacob Heppner and Josh Bridges, as well as 6-0-1 boxing prospect Avril Mathie and 1-0 pro Stefi Cohen in a bout that will likely be a fully sanctioned professional fight.
The event will take place in Dubai after a rise in coronavirus cases in Florida caused promoters to move it from the original venue of the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville to the UAE.
In a statement, the fight promoters said: “Due to concerns over the rising cases of COVID-19 sweeping the United States, it is with great sadness that we at CoreSports have to announce a change of location for Worlds Ultimate Strongman & Woman & Core Sports Fight Night.
“The health and safety of our athletes, team, fans and their respective families is our top priority and at the forefront of all our decisions made during these unprecedented and rapidly evolving times.
“Sticking to our ‘show must go on’ ethos, the decision has been made to go ahead with both events as originally scheduled on the 17th and 18th September with the new location being the United Arab Emirates along with a wider global digital and TV broadcast.
“The new arena and ticketing information will be announced over the coming days.”
Bjornsson has been preparing intensely for the fight, training multiple times a day, dropping 50 lbs and taking exhibition matches with solid pros Steven Ward and Simon Vallily.
He most recently took on Commonwealth games medalist Vallily in Dubai, in a fight that saw both men hit the ground in a hard-hitting four rounds of action.
Valilly entered the ring a whopping 80 lbs lighter than his opponent, although his strong amateur background and 21 pro bouts made him the much more experienced fighter in what was essentially no more than a hard spar without headgear.
The Icelandic Game of Thrones star took a few strong shots from Commonwealth games gold medalist Valilly early, and was rocked in the second before being brutally put down in the third.