Viral bodybuilder Mike O’Hearn dodges bullet after former UFC champ replaced with no name for Bloodsport debut

The world of combat sports continues to get weirder, with the latest unexpected matchup coming at Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport Bushido event in Tokyo on June 22nd. Viral bodybuilding meme sensation Mike O’Hearn was originally set to face former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson in his Bloodsport debut. However, in a last minute change, Jackson has been replaced with the relatively unknown Erik Hammer.

O’Hearn, best known for his muscular physique and the viral “What is Love” meme, had been preparing to take on one of MMA’s biggest stars in Jackson. The former PRIDE and UFC champion was a feared knockout artist during his prime. While now 44 years old, Jackson still represented an extremely tough test for O’Hearn’s combat sports debut.

Erik Hammer
Erik Hammer

Instead, the 55-year-old bodybuilder will square off against Hammer, who has 16 years of experience competing in the unique Bloodsport ruleset. At 6’6″, Hammer cuts an intimidating figure, but lacks the mainstream name value of Rampage Jackson.

In a post on Instagram, O’Hearn thanked Bloodsport founder Josh Barnett for making the “weird but wonderful” bout a reality, though he didn’t mention the late opponent change.

Bloodsport blends elements of professional wrestling and MMA, with pre-planned matches that must end in a knockout or submission on a wrestlingring-like canvas. Previous events have featured the likes of Barnett, Minoru Suzuki, and Matt Riddle competing.

While missing out on the big name opponent, O’Hearn still has a challenging first assignment against the towering but experienced Hammer. The bodybuilding star will look to replicate his internet virality with an unforgettable Bloodsport debut performance.

The full Bloodsport Bushido card includes:

Josh Barnett vs Jon Moxley
Minoru Suzuki vs Timothy Thatcher
Rampage Jackson vs Hideki Sekine
And more matchups featuring stars from MMA, pro wrestling, and beyond.

Bloodsport Bushido airs live on Triller TV pay-per-view from Tokyo on June 22nd.