Sajad Gharibi, a 27-year-old bodybuilder who weighs in at a stunning 390 pounds, is set to make his mixed martial arts debut later this year. Gharibi, who is known as the Iranian Hulk and Persian Hercules, originally made his intentions to make his way into an MMA ring known back in January, and his wish has now come true.
Gharibi initially threw down the gauntlet on Instagram back in January, challenging anyone who was willing to join him in the octagon.
“Be brave and Invite me to fight, rather than hiding behind your sponsors,” he wrote, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
“I am ready to fight you, show me what you’ve got to say in the ring.”
Last week, Gharibi announced that a Brazilian fighter was up for the challenge. The two should meet in the octagon before the end of 2019.
“So I’m finally accepting my first professional fight from a Brazilian fighter before 2020,” said Gharibi in an Instagram post.
Gharibi has a substantial following on social media, including over 450,000 Instagram followers.
Gharibi did not name his opponent. However, some speculate that Romario dos Santos Alves, the 29-year-old known as the Brazilian Hulk, may be the challenger.
In a video on Instagram last month, Alves threatened to “tear off” the head of the Iranian Hulk.
Alves currently weighs in at 229 pounds. That makes Alves about 161 pounds lighter than Gharibi. Also, Gharibi – coming in at 6’2” – is approximately six inches taller than Alves.
If the Iranian and Brazilian Hulks meet in the octagon, Gharibi’s size advantage does not guarantee a win. Larger fighters tend to be less agile and often have less stamina. However, unless the pair meet in the ring, one can only speculate about the possible outcome.