It's fitting that on a day Tom Lawlor celebrated the legendary Harold Howard, that the MMA world also celebrate one of our lost warriors, one of the sport's true characters. Like Howard, there was only one Tony Halme (known to WWE fans as Ludvig Borga). A 6-5, 300 pound behemoth, Halme struck fear into the hearts of all who saw him. Speaking with heavily accented English, the proud Finn promised not just to beat his UFC 13 opponent, but to pull his arms and legs out of socket. This confidence wasn't due to his hard regiment of training or martial skill.
Wrestling promoter Rick Basseman, the man who had talked UFC matchmaker Art Davies into giving Halme a try, arranged for the McCully brothers (Justin and Sean) to take Halme through the paces. The two developed a month long training regiment. The problem? "Tony was not showing up," Basseman said. "For any sessions. Ever."
Halme had a storied and amazing life. Pro Wrestler, pro boxer, singer, author, member of parliament. You can celebrate this wacky man at Heavy.com.