Former strongman and UCMMA heavyweight champion Oli Thompson has just been signed to the UFC. In his first fight for the promotion – at UFC 138 in Birmingham on 5th November – he's taking on submission specialist Philip De Fries.
We went to meet Thompson and his trainer Christian Vila at Cheetah's gym in Brighton to have a go at one of the conditioning sessions Thompson is going through to prepare himself for the bout.
While we weren't suprised by Thompson's colossal strength, we were shocked at how quick and explosive he was. De Fries is certainly going to have his hands full at UFC 138.
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Nick Hutchings worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Nick worked as digital editor from 2008 to 2011, head of content until 2014, and finally editor-in-chief until 2015.