Former bodybuilder Martyn Ford has just signed his first professional MMA contract with Polish MMA promotion KSW. Ford is a fitness model, a former champion professional bodybuilder and also an actor who has appeared in films such as Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He’s got all that it takes to establish a profile in the fighting game. Of course, being a bodybuilder doesn’t mean he can fight.
So it’s going to be very interesting to see just how ready this massive beast of a man is for the violence that is waiting in one of Europe’s most watchable MMA promotions. Ford insists that he’s ready for whoever crosses his path first. With 1.3 million followers on Instagram, there’s no doubt that KSW is hoping that they have a bonafide star on their hands. Ford explained that he isn’t just jumping in the deep end without learning to swim. He has been training, as he explained to assembled media:
“I’ve loved almost all forms of martial arts. To come in here and to have the opportunity to put what I practice into this environment and this cage is an exceptional opportunity for myself.” It will be fascinating – even if just from a freak show perspective – to see just how effective Ford is inside the cage. Many MMA heavyweight fighters do not appear to be extremely well conditioned. Look at the likes of Daniel Cormier, Roy Nelson, Mark Hunt, and even Stipe Miocic. They all look to have a bit of a dad bod, but this is incredibly deceptive. Underneath these men (at least in their primes) had the gas tanks to press forward with aggression and dynamism. Check out his training footage: