How Would You Roll Against Someone Twice or Three Times Heavier Than You?

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I just watched a video of Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson rolling with a BJJ black belt.

For those of you who don’t know Björnsson (like I didn’t)…

… he is “an Icelandic former professional strongman and actor. He is the first person to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man and World’s Strongest Man in the same calendar year.”

He also played Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the Game of Thrones series.

He weighs 205kg and is 2.06m tall.

I weigh about 68kg… so he’s about 3 times heavier than me.

I don’t know much about the BJJ black belt he rolled with, but I read that he’s decent.

Anyway, Björnsson doesn’t have much grappling experience.


He still crushes the BJJ black belt just by lying on top of him, more or less.

I don’t know how often you roll with people who are much heavier and physically stronger than you, but in case you don’t have much experience rolling with such people…

It is difficult!

It gives you good opportunities to review and adjust your techniques, though.

Because what may work well against people around your size often doesn’t work against people much heavier than you.

Small mistakes can cost you a lot when rolling with a bigger & stronger opponent as well.

Honestly, if someone over 100kg manages to take the side control position from me and decides to go for kimura hard…

… I know I’m in trouble even when my opponent has only a little bit of BJJ experience.

Realistically, if I had to fight against someone twice my size (and no, I probably wouldn’t wanna fight against someone three times my size) …

… I’d probably try to tire them out first, take the back, and go for a choke from there.

I think everyone should work on taking the back as well as back attacks.

Because it is, generally, the most advantageous position you can get in BJJ/grappling/MMA. And this is especially the case if you’re a small person.

On that note… here’s a video of Lucas Lepri beating someone about twice heavier than him. Lucas makes it look easy, but don’t be deceived… this requires superb technique in every aspect.

Keep sharpening your skills and be like Lucas.