There's no sailor stronger than Popeye after eating a healthy serving of spinach.
So it makes perfect sense that Kirill Tereshin, 23, a Russian bodybuilder, would attempt to become the strongest man in the world by recreating the sailor man's signature biceps.
Tereshin has been injecting his bicep muscles with synthol, a dangerous oil (outlawed in the United States), which is meant to artifically create the bulge of large muscles.
This guy NEVER skips arm day... 💪 https://t.co/Lk9eqF2CPP— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT)1571730300.0
Unfortunately, despite his massive 24-inch arms, Tereshin was defeated in an MMA fight at a gym in Russia. He was tapped out in 3 minutes by blogger/actor Oleg Mongol, who is in his 40's.
'Bazooka Arms' fails in his MMA debut youtu.be
This isn't the first time Tereshin has found bad luck in the ring. Earlier in the year, he was defeated by a single punch from Vasiliy "The Dumpling" Kamotskiy, the "slapping champion" of Russia.
Russian 'Popeye' Bodybuilder Taps Out In Three Minutes During MMA Fight. He regularly injects oil into his biceps t… https://t.co/cflJJ66nOw— UFC Related 👊🏼 (@UFC Related 👊🏼)1571662885.0
@NYDailyNews a kid who pumped his arms full of oil lost in physical combat, no way— Kevn Striker (@Kevn Striker)1571842423.0
Tereshin was warned by Russian doctor Yuriy Serebryanskiny that the synthol injections could have innumerable negative side effects.
"He could lose movement in his arms, the muscles could turn into ballast that he won't be able to use to lift things. He could end up disabled."
This is not a photo-shopped pic Those are his biceps He is known as "Popeye" https://t.co/djdox8nzFm— The Great Fowler (@The Great Fowler)1571795392.0
The Post elaborated, saying the injections could "cause pulmonary embolisms, nerve damage, infections, sclerosing lipogranuloma, stroke and oil-filled cysts or ulcers in the muscle and could result in amputation."
@NYDailyNews Ewww! That looks unhealthy. 😳— @anniep (@@anniep)1571858415.0
@NYDailyNews Because he has those popeye’s arms, doesn’t mean he’s strong or skilled at fighting! Once he was on hi… https://t.co/BijoAXdm8f— luis lerebours (@luis lerebours)1571871489.0
Tereshin said in August that he had stopped using the oil due to medical complications.
"I used to go to the gym for two years before being called up for military service. In the army, I was worried that I would have a hard time and lose weight, so I decided to try synthol oil."
"When I finished military service, I began to transform myself and did everything at home. My mom was very worried about what I was doing, but we are okay now that she knows synthol can be removed."
"In the beginning, I wanted to inject synthol oil into other parts of my body, but then the problems started and I stopped using it."
@NYDailyNews https://t.co/r1aHpP2bru— Alex (@Alex)1571880159.0
@NYDailyNews https://t.co/PQM7NUjOpp— Peppino Caudarella (@Peppino Caudarella)1571887061.0
Now, Tereshin wishes to visit the UK to see a doctor in regards to synthol-related problems. He's crowdfunding to pay for the trip.
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