Giant Birmingham bodybuilder to MMA debut tackling ‘Iranian Hulk’ – Birmingham Live
A man mountain from Sutton Coldfield is taking on his maiden fight in the high-stakes world of MMA.
Martyn Ford, a gym owner and actor, is pitted against fellow musclebound giant Sajad Gharibi, who weighs 24 stone.
Ford, who has been signed by Polish MMA organisation KSW, is 6ft 8in tall but will find formidable opposition in the shape of Gharibi, who comes from a wrestling background and is dubbed ‘the Iranian Hulk’.
A date for a “massive MMA fight” has been set for 2019, according to sportbible.com
Ford spoke to LADbible recently about his move into the world of MMA, which stands for mixed martial arts, a full-contact, combat sport.
He said: “I’ve just always been very competitive, and I like challenging myself.
“I’m just a bit stupid really, aren’t I?!”
The bodybuilder describes himself as a “KSW fighter” on his Instagram page, where he describes his life of “gym, family and film” and shares pictures showing his stacked physique and sense of humour with his 1.5million followers.
He stars in action movie Final Score, which received its world premier in August.
Ford said: “For me personally, I always try and carry myself as professionally as possible, and look down the line that you’ve got a lot of young people looking up to you.”
A report on Polish website ‘In The Cage’ also carried news of the fixture, suggesting the fighters’ combined weights would make it one of the heaviest fights in history.
As well as the quest for a new challenge, Ford will no doubt be eyeing one of the most lucrative sports on the global stage.
Top fighters such as Conor McGregor are said to take home multi-million dollar purses, regardless of the outcome.
McGregor was caught up in controversial scenes when he was involved in a brawl after his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.
Ford also spoke to LADbible about the melee at the Ultimate Fighting Championship event in Las Vegas.
He said: “The behaviour…just disappointed me.
“I understand it, but at the same time when you’re in a role of influence like that, there should be a cutting off point.
“I think [McGregor] is a fantastic fighter, and sometimes you get caught up in the drama, but when you are in that much of the limelight,
“I just believe you should have a bit more responsibility for your actions.”
Ford has shown no fear at entering the octagon for the first time with KSW, which is one of the largest MMA promoters in the world.
He said on his Facebook page last month: “KSW can not wait to get into the cage for these guys !!!!!”