To say this guy hits hard would be a massive understatement…
The annals of MMA history are filled with would-be hardmen who were able to enter the cage and compete straight off the bar stool. Long gone are those days, as MMA begins to seek the polished and professional look to compete with other mainstream sports.
Still, no matter how far MMA goes with big organizations like the UFC at the forefront, there’s no denying how fun the early days were to watch.
Art Jimmerson with his single boxing glove, or the first ever UFC fight which featured some large Samoan called Taylor Wily getting soccer kicked into oblivion by Gerard Gordeau, these are all classic memories for any old school MMA fan.
Essentially, back in those days, being big and muscled was enough to score you a fight on the big stage. Now it’s about more than that, you need to be rounded, skilled and train hard every day.
Exception to The Rule?
This isn’t to say those big guys can’t have success in MMA. You only need look as far as Alistair Overeem, Brock Lesnar and more to see that size isn’t everything. But, and this is very interesting, there are a seriously lkow number of powerlifters and strongmen in combat sports.
That’s why 25-year-old Australian strongman Alex Simon’s story is so interesting. At peak, Simon weighs around 160KG, he holds multiple world records in powerlifting and is also an undefeated MMA fighter.
Needless to say, his highlight reel is quite a watch:
Animal! ? ? ? NAME: Alex Simon AGE: 25 years old HEIGHT: 6 foot 3 inches WEIGHT: 150-160kgs HOMETOWN: Sydney NATIONALITY: Greek Cypriot RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married KIDS: 1 baby boy ACHIEVEMENTS : Former Australia’s strongest powerlifter and top 10 in the world ever. 5 fights in the ring/cage with 5 first round ko wins GOALS: To 1 day be the ufc heavyweight champion LOOKING FOR SPONSORS to be with me from the start of the journey all the way to the very top? I HAVE ONLY STARTED? #alexsimon #mma #powerlifter #cagefighter #powerlifting #ufc #heavyweight #power #strong #strength #determination #longjourney #sponsors @godlystrong – #regrann Regrann from @mmauncensored__
“The God” Claims UFC Title is Coming
Speaking during a recent promo video he cut, Simon issued a statement on his fighting future. “The UFC heavyweight title is my goal, that’s what I want, I can fight, I can go, I’m ready.”
Current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic is rampant in the UFC right now, but would a guy like Alex Simon make for a good fight? At this stage, it seems nobody can beat Miocic, not even Francis ‘Ford Escort’ Ngannou could get the job done.
Check out this mini-doc posted by Simon on Instagram (@godlystrong):
Fox sports documentary, small snippet, much more to come, exciting times ahead? who’s behind me ??? @boxhead_mel @thedogfather_australia @te_huna @ashbywayz @micsimpson #foxsports #documentary #doco #micsimpsonmedia #unifiedsecurity #bluelagoonbathrooms #tehunabricklaying #alexsimon #mma #heavyweight #strong #powerlifing #knockout #ko
Definitely one to watch, as the heavyweight divisions of multiple mainstream orgs are always on the lookout for fresh talent and hype.