Eddie ‘The Beast’ Hall is a former World’s Strongest Man winner and he recently decided to try his hand at grappling with veteran UFC heavyweight fighter Tom Aspinall. Hall had a lengthy strongman career and he competed in every edition of the World’s Strongest Man from 2012 through to 2017. His results improved every year and eventually he managed to win the title on his final attempt, before he announced his decision to retire from that level of competition. He held a number of world records during his career and even years after his retirement, he is undoubtedly stronger than the vast majority of people on the planet.
Hall is far from the first elite strongman to test himself out by taking part in combat sports, and many of his fellow competitors have taken an interest in BJJ and MMA before. In fact, Hafthor Bjornsson even decided to take on the ultimate grappling challenge by having a friendly sparring match with Gordon Ryan. Hall isn’t completely new to combat sports either and in fact, he even took on Bjornsson under a different ruleset back in 2022, as the pair engaged in what was described as ‘the heaviest boxing match in history’ at the time.
Tom Aspinall might not be as physically imposing as a professional strongman competitor, but he’s still an incredible athlete. Aspinall made his professional MMA debut in 2014 and worked his way up to making his UFC debut in 2020 with a 7-2 record. He’s risen up the ranks with several fantastic finishes and currently sits inside the top 5 of the heavyweight division with a 13-3 professional record and 5 ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses to his name. Considering the fact that Aspinall has only recently had his 30th birthday, fans will likely get to see him challenging for a title at some point in the future
Eddie Hall uploaded the footage of his friendly grappling session with Tom Aspinall to his official YouTube channel: