Martyn Ford plans MMA debut after Iranian Hulk boxing fight was cancelled

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Ford is planning to make his debut in MMA under Polish promotional banner KSW in October after his boxing fight with Iranian Hulk, which was set for last month, was cancelled

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Martyn Ford is planning to make his MMA debut with Polish promotion KSW later this year after his boxing debut was scrapped.

Ford was set to make his boxing bow last month against long-term rival Iranian Hulk – real name Sajad Gharibi – but the fight was shelved. The British strongman had previously signed for KSW before the coronavirus pandemic and has also been training in the cage in a bid to take on another challenge.

“One hundred per cent I am planning on getting involved in MMA,” Ford told Mirror Fighting . “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.

“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.”

Maruisz Pudzianowski has been touted as a potential opponent for Ford if he elects to step in the cage while Thor Bjornsson has been heavily paired with fighting both men And Ford is willing to challenge the Icelandic star either boxing or MMA. “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 continued. “He is a tremendous guy; Thor has been boxing for a while now and he has the size advantage.

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“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.”

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