“He Bit Arnold”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Once Had a Nasty Fight at Gold’s Gym

Published 08/08/2022, 8:30 PM EDT

The idea of having bodybuilders fight against each other scares people away. Two colossal men going all out is not a pretty sight. However, there was a time when Arnold Schwarzenegger got into a fight at Gold’s gym. Former bodybuilder Jerry Brainum once recalled the story of the Austrian Oak dueling with a boxer, and all hell broke loose. The guy fancied himself as a boxer and wanted to challenge Schwarzenegger for a spar. 


What started as a silly argument saw two men indulging themselves in a grappling contest. Now during his peak, Schwarzenegger was a colossal man. Having the tiniest idea of wanting to go one-on-one with him sounds wrong. But, Jerry explained the details that led to the incident and how the boxer chickened out from Arnold. 


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The argument happened when a self-claimed boxer came to the gym, stating his points on famous bodybuilder Rick Wayne. From all the valid disputes people make, the boxer claimed Rick Wayne used steroids. Being a pal of Rick, Schwarzenegger defended his friend’s honor, but the fighter seemed adamant about how he was “all steroids.” Typically, when arguments happen, it gets heated. Afterward, things got a little problematic. 

Soon, the argument erupted into a cold-blooded fight. Brainum recalled the incident and said, “I remember, the guy’s trying to hit Arnold. And Arnold’s like ducking. He lands a couple of punches on Arnold,” said Brainum. 


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Likewise, Arnold’s training partner, Franco Columbu, stood aside and wanted Arnold to get him back. Not aiding him during the scuffle, Columbu wanted Schwarzenegger to teach him a lesson. As Arnold held him in a headlock, the boxer tried to escape from his hands in a rather unique way. 

An unethical way to get away from Arnold’s headlock

“Then Arnold gets the guy in a headlock. And what I saw next absolutely stunned me. The guy bit Arnold. He bit Arnold as Arnold had him in a headlock. He bites him,” mentioned Brainum. Imagine your head in a headlock with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 22-inch-arms crushing your face. What’s the next thing a person does?



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VALENCIA CA – MAY 2 : Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982 is friendly and obliging with the press as Conan the Barbarian is about to released and Arnold is on his way to being a star. During the day long shoot Arnold rode his Harley Davidson, Skeet Shot with a shotgun, posed in his Santa Monica office and also looked at slides in his Santa Monica home when he was dating girlfriend Maria Shriver. May 2, 1982 shooting clay pigeons at Oak Tree Gun club, Valencia ( Photo by Paul Harris/Getty Images)

As things got way out of hand, Gold’s gym manager, Dan Howard, came across and ended the melee. As for the guy, the boxer wanted Arnold to fight him, wanting to knock him out. Arnold replied, “Why wait? Why don’t we just go out in the alley right now?” The boxer, being strong-armed, walks away blabbering vigorous words. 

It was an iconic bodybuilding bloopers section moment. Fighting with bodybuilders may not probably be a good idea. Do you fancy yourself to go on a bout with the Austrian Oak?


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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Post Graduation in Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the power forward, the respect he deserves.

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