Martyn Ford is planning on competing in MMA after his boxing match with Iranian Hulk was called off.
It might have been a freak show fight, but after ‘The World’s Scariest Man’ and the Iranian Hulk’s boxing match got called off last month, the British strongman now has his eyes on MMA.
Moving to MMA
In an interview with The Mirror, he explained his plans.
“I 100% am planning on getting involved in MMA. I am already speaking to KSW. This is something that was set pre-covid. I have still been doing pieces of Jiu-Jitsu and stuff. They are looking at coming to London in October, and that is an event I would love to get involved with,” Ford said. “It just needs to be the right person and right time, my feelers have been put out there to try and get this set up as soon as possible. I understand the frustration from people about not yet seeing me fight. I am still training, only thing I am not doing is active sparring. I have switched back into its resistance and explosive power.”
“If something does happen which I am hoping I can sign up too soon, I have been training and dedicating so much time and effort to it. I need to do it for my own mental state to be honest, anyone that has trained at a good level in any sport will understand the frustration I am going through at the moment.” h/t Mirror
Two possible opponents for Ford could be fellow strongmen Thor Bjornsson and Mariusz Pudzianowski. Ford likes both options and says Bjornsson is an easy fight.
“Thor has a massive reach advantage over Mariusz and he is MMA so I see that as kind of an easy fight to be honest,” Ford said. “He is a tremendous guy; Thor has been boxing for a while now and he has the size advantage”
Ford thinks that if he faces Pudzianowski, he would most likely be in a boxing ring because of his age.
“Maruisz is a phenomenal athlete but he is quite old now, but the one that makes sense for me in a boxing ring. Mariusz vs Thor in MMA I think he would win but I think boxing takes away a lot of his strengths. I don’t think he would get in a cage with Mariusz, it would take his strengths away. It isn’t an easy fight for him against me either, but I think he will take it. Whether it be in boxing or MMA, I just want to fight the bloke. I know he has balls and I know he will train properly, it will be something I can tick off my list but I need to do it,” Ford said.
Nothing has been set or discussed, but Ford is looking to make his MMA debut in October.