Eddie Hall sarcastically praised Hafthor Bjornsson after his Devon Larratt knockout on Saturday.
Thor, 32, was due to face compatriot Hall to settle their long-standing rivalry, but the Briton withdrew from the fight after tearing his bicep.
Larratt, who is widely regarded as one of the best arm wrestlers in history, intervened on five weeks’ notice.
The Canadian began training at the renowned Tristar Gym under the tutelage of Firas Zahabi who coached UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.
He admitted his boxing was “terrible” and it showed in the opening stages of the first of six rounds scheduled.
Larratt struggled to react to Bjornsson’s aggressive style and the referee stepped in to give the 46-year-old a count midway through the opening session despite not having a knockdown.
The referee stopped the fight seconds from the end of the round, Larratt heard screams as he sought to dodge Bjornsson’s attacks.
In the aftermath, ‘The Mountain’ called Hall again, with their reunion set to be postponed until next year.
Hall responded to the event by sarcastically commenting on a Facebook post, “Kudos to Thor for beating an old man with five weeks of training. Exceptional.”
Hall later added on Instagram: “Fair play to Devon Larratt for taking this fight.
“All kidding aside, he’s got steel balls. Great love. Beast of the team.
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