Hafthor Bjornsson

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Hafthor Bjornsson is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player, born in 1988, in Reykjavik. Hafthor played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones.

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6 Apr, 2016

Bjornsson: I was ‘gentle’ with McGregor


In an interview with Men’s Health, Bjornsson talks about his sparring session with McGregor, before his victory against Jose Aldo. He says he had to be careful not to injure McGregor.

I was in Ireland shooting for Game of Thrones and my friend [Icelandic UFC fighter] Gunnar Nelson was training in Dublin with Conor. I asked if I could check out a session. I knew he had a big fight coming up, so I was gentle with him.


We squared off as if we were gonna do it. Then all of a sudden, he’s bouncing and I’m bouncing. Next thing you know, we’re having a full, bareknuckle body shot fight.

Conor McGregor vs The Mountain (Game of Thrones)

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