Ryan Ford (born March 8, 1982) is a Canadian professional boxer and mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 2007, Ford has also formerly competed for Bellator, the WSOF, the MFC, TFC, and the AFC.
|Born||March 8, 1982|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Other names||The Real Deal|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170.4 lb (77.3 kg; 12.17 st)|
Super Middleweight (Boxing)
Light Heavyweight (Boxing)
|Team||Grant Brothers Boxing|
2010, 2015–present (Boxing)
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Maximum Fighting ChampionshipEdit
On May 9, 2008 at MFC 16 Ford defeated CJ Fernandes via rear-naked choke submission in round one.
Ford signed with the Edmonton-based promotion The Fight Club. On March 19, 2010, at TFC 10 Ford defeated former Ultimate Fighter finalist Tom Speer via rear-naked choke submission in round one on March 19, 2010 to retain the TFC Welterweight Championship.
On May 19, 2011, Ford fought UFC veteran Karo Parisyan at MMA Live 1 in London, Ontario, After the first two rounds, Ford caught Parisyan with a knee and cut his forehead, causing the doctor and referee to stop the fight giving Ford the win via doctor stoppage.
Aggression Fighting ChampionshipEdit
On June 10, 2011, Ford Returned to the Aggression MMA organization at AMMA 7: Confrontation defeating Nick Hinchcliffe in round three via TKO due to punches. On September 16, 2011, at AMMA 8: Unfinished Business, Ford was defeated by David Hulett via guillotine choke in round one. On February 11, 2012, Ford defeated Ricky Goodall at AMMA 9 via TKO due to elbows in round one.
Ford faced Ultimate Fighter vet Michael Hill on July 5, 2013 at AFC 19 for the AFC Welterweight Championship. Ford defeated Hill via rear-naked choke submission in the fifth round to win the AFC Welterweight Championship.
Bellator Fighting ChampionshipsEdit
World Series of FightingEdit
Ford is expected to make is WSOF debut at WSOF Canada 1 against Joel Powell for the inaugural WSOF Canadian Welterweight Championship. Ford won via knockout due to a front kick and punches in just 53 seconds of round one to win the WSOF Canadian Welterweight Championship.
Ford faced Jake Shields in the main event at WSOF 14 on October 11, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Although he dropped Shields early in the fight with a left hand, Ford eventually lost the fight via rear naked choke submission in the first round.
On January 6, 2022, it was announced that Ford would be making his return to MMA on March 4, 2022 at Unified MMA 43 against Dawond Pickney. He won the bout via triangle choke in the second round.
Professional boxing careerEdit
Ford made his professional boxing debut on February 13, 2010, winning a four-round majority decision over Willard Lewis. On June 8, 2015, it was announced that Ford was retiring from MMA to focus on a career in professional boxing.
Ford fought on September 11, 2015 against Gary Kopas competing for the KO Boxing promotion. He won a four-round unanimous decision.
On September 20, 2015, it was announced that Ford will fight on October 16, 2015 against Antonio Dos Santos at Dekada Premier Fight Night. He won via knockout in the first round.
On February 22, 2016, it was announced that Ford will fight on March 11, 2016 against David Whittom for the KO Boxing promotion. He won via knockout in the first round.
On April 22, 2016, Ford faced former Thailand Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Manus Boonjumnong. He won via fourth-round technical knockout after his opponent was no longer able to continue entering the fifth round.
On September 9, 2016, Ford faced former World Boxing Council Cruiserweight Champion Victor Manuel Palacios for the KO Boxing promotion. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
On October 29, 2016, it was announced that Ford would face IBO Asia Pacific Light Heavyweight Champion Sam Rapira on February 17, 2017 for the Vacant UBO Light Heavyweight Championship. He won the fight via TKO to become the UBO World Light Heavyweight Champion.
On March 13, 2017, it was announced that Ford would be making the first defense of his title against former WBC Asian World Champion New Zealand fighter Robert Berridge on May 27, 2017. He won the fight via technical decision after an accidental head butt.
On August 10, 2017, it as announced that Ford would be facing British fighter WBO European Light Heavyweight Champion Anthony Yarde on September 16, 2017 for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Championship. On August 25, 2017, it was announced that the fight was canceled after a contract dispute.
On September 6, 2017, it was announced that Ford would be facing Joaquin Murrieta on September 9, 2017 for Rixta Promotions. He won the fight via corner stoppage in the fourth round.
On November 17, 2017, it was announced that Ford would be facing former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Fedor Chudinov for the WBA International Super Middleweight Title on December 9, 2017. Ford lost via twelve round unanimous decision.
On August 31, 2019, Ford faced undefeated Joshua Buatsi which ended in controversy after what appeared to be a low shot from Buatsi, the fight was stopped awarding Buatsi the victory via knockout 
In 2003, Ford was the participant in an armed robbery home invasion. During the robbery, Ford used a knife on the home owner and cut the victim's left index and middle finger to the bone. The victim's wife and two children were present in the house at the time. Ford served a four-year sentence for this crime.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Universal Boxing Organization
- UBO World Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- World Boxing Council
Mixed Martial ArtsEdit
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||23 wins||5 losses|
|23–5||Robert Hale||Unified MMA 45||May 27, 2022||Enoch, Alberta, Canada||For the Unified MMA Super Welterweight Championship|
|Win||23–5||Dawond Pickney||Submission (triangle choke)||Unified MMA 43||March 4, 2022||2||4:01||Enoch, Alberta, Canada||Catchweight (175 lb) bout.|
|Loss||22–5||Jake Shields||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WSOF 14||October 11, 2014||1||4:29||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||22–4||Joel Powell||KO (front kick and punches)||WSOF Canada 1||February 21, 2014||1||0:53||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Won the WSOF Canadian Welterweight Championship|
|Win||21–4||Michael Hill||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AFC 19||July 5, 2013||5||4:32||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Won the AFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||20–4||Brendan Tierney||KO (punch)||AFC 17||March 23, 2013||2||3:11||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||19–4||Kyle Baker||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 79||November 2, 2012||3||5:00||Rama, Ontario Canada|
|Win||18–4||Luis Santos||TKO (knee and punches)||Bellator 67||May 4, 2012||2||1:24||Rama, Ontario Canada|
|Win||17–4||Ricky Goodall||TKO (elbows)||AMMA 9: Aggression MMA 9||February 11, 2012||1||3:37||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Loss||16–4||David Hulett||Submission (guillotine choke)||AMMA 8: Unfinished Business||September 16, 2011||1||1:35||Edmonton, Alberta Canada||For AMMA Welterweight Championship|
|Win||16–3||Nick Hinchliffe||TKO (punches)||AMMA 7: Confrontation||June 10, 2011||3||0:18||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||15–3||Karo Parisyan||TKO (doctor stoppage)||JEG: MMA Live 1||May 19, 2011||3||1:26||London, Ontario Canada|
|Win||14–3||Johnny Davis||TKO (punches)||AMMA 6: Edmonton||March 11, 2011||2||2:06||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||13–3||Pete Spratt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 27||November 12, 2010||2||3:07||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Loss||12–3||Douglas Lima||Submission (armbar)||MFC 26||September 10, 2010||2||0:48||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||12–2||Tom Speer||Submission (rear-naked choke)||TFC 10: High Voltage||March 19, 2010||1||4:29||Edmonton, Alberta Canada||Defended TFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||11–2||John Walsh||KO (punches)||TFC 9: Total Chaos||December 5, 2009||1||0:13||Edmonton, Alberta Canada||Won vacant TFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||10–2||Markhaile Wedderburn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||TFC 8: Salvation||September 18, 2009||1||1:24||Edmonton, Alberta Canada||Won Interim TFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||9–2||Dave Mazany||TKO (punches)||TFC 7: Full Throttle||May 30, 2009||1||0:28||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Loss||8–2||Pat Healy||Decision (split)||MFC 20||February 20, 2009||5||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta Canada||For MFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||8–1||Nabil Khatib||Decision (unanimous)||Raw Combat: Redemption||October 25, 2008||3||5:00||Calgary, Alberta Canada|
|Win||7–1||Laverne Clark||Submission (guillotine choke)||MFC 18: Famous||September 28, 2008||2||2:30||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Loss||6–1||Pat Healy||Submission (armbar)||MFC 17: Hostile Takeover||July 25, 2008||3||3:00||Edmonton, Alberta Canada||For MFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||6–0||CJ Fernandes||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 16: Anger Management||May 9, 2008||1||2:32||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||5–0||Pete Spratt||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MFC 15: Rags to Riches||February 22, 2008||2||4:01||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||4–0||Mike Sorenson||TKO (punches)||MFC 14: High Rollers||November 23, 2007||2||0:51||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||3–0||Adil Abbas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ECC 6: Hometown Heroes||October 20, 2007||1||1:21||Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada|
|Win||2–0||Randy Valette||TKO (punches and elbows)||MFC 13: Lucky 13||August 24, 2007||1||2:07||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
|Win||1–0||Aaron Gallant||TKO (punches)||MFC 12: High Stakes||June 22, 2007||2||4:15||Edmonton, Alberta Canada|
Professional boxing recordEdit
|24 fights||17 wins||7 losses|
|24||Loss||17–7||Lukasz Stanioch||UD||10||Oct 29, 2021||MCKiS Hall, Jaworzno, Poland|
|23||Loss||17–6||Aslambek Idigov||MD||10||Feb 21, 2020||Dynamo Palace of Sports, Moscow, Russia|
|22||Win||17–5||Orlando Vazquez||TKO||6 (6), 2:59||Dec 6, 2019||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
|21||Loss||16–5||Joshua Buatsi||KO||7 (10), 1:07||Aug 31 2019||The O2 Arena, London, England||For WBA International light heavyweight title|
|20||Win||16–4||Serge Michel||KO||8 (12), 0:37||Apr 6, 2019||Ballhaus Forum, Unterschleißheim, Germany||Won WBC International Silver light heavyweight title|
|19||Loss||15–4||Nick Hannig||UD||12||Feb 9, 2019||Verti Music Hall, Berlin, Germany||For Vacant WBC International light heavyweight title|
|18||Win||15–3||Jovica Kokot||KO||2 (6), 1:05||Dec 15, 2018||Stockschützenhalle, Kühbach, Germany|
|17||Loss||14–3||Avni Yildirim||UD||12||May 12, 2018||Nobeo Studios, Cologne, Germany||For WBC International super middleweight title|
|16||Loss||14–2||Andrey Sirotkin||UD||12||Mar 24, 2018||Basket Hall, Krasnodar, Russia||For vacant WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight title|
|15||Loss||14–1||Fedor Chudinov||UD||12||Dec 9, 2017||Arena, Kemerovo, Russia||For Vacant WBA International super middleweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Miguel Cubos||TKO||3 (6), 2:36||Oct 21, 2017||Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary, Canada|
|13||Win||13–0||Joaquin Murrieta||RTD||4 (6), 3:00||Sep 9, 2017||Tohu Theatre, Montreal, Canada|
|12||Win||12–0||Robert Berridge||TD||7 (12), 3:00||May 27, 2017||Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore||Retained UBO light heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Rob Nichols||RTD||5 (6), 3:00||Mar 10, 2017||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
|10||Win||10–0||Sam Rapira||TKO||9 (12), 2:09||Feb 17, 2017||Foochow Building, Singapore||Won vacant UBO light heavyweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Mario Baeza||UD||6||Dec 2, 2016||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
|8||Win||8–0||Victor Manuel Palacios||UD||6||Sep 9, 2016||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
|7||Win||7–0||Muhammad Meeraj||TKO||1 (6), 1:35||Jul 23, 2016||Far East Square, Singapore|
|6||Win||6–0||Manus Boonjumnong||TKO||5 (8)||Apr 22, 2016||7th Infantry Division, Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|5||Win||5–0||David Whittom||TKO||1 (4), 1:18||Mar 11, 2016||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
|4||Win||4–0||Alvaro Enriquez||TKO||2 (4), 1:22||Dec 4, 2015||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
|3||Win||3–0||Antonio Dos Santos||TKO||1 (5), 2:29||Oct 16, 2015||Genesis Centre, Calgary, Canada|
|2||Win||2–0||Gary Kopas||UD||4||Sep 11, 2015||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
|1||Win||1–0||Willard Lewis||MD||4||Feb 13, 2010||Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Canada|
- "MFC 15: Ryan Ford Submits Pete Spratt; Jesse Forbes Rebounds for Victory". 23 February 2008.
- "RYAN FORD TOPS MFC 16 WITH ANOTHER VICTORY".
- "MFC 17 - Hostile Takeover Fight Card Results Fights Profile".
- "MFC 18 Quick results".
- "MFC 20 - Destined for Greatness MMA Event Results". 31 October 2021.
- "Ryan Ford: 'I will never fight in the MFC again'". 20 March 2009.
- "Ryan Ford vs. Tom Speer Fight Result TFC 10 - High Voltage".
- "MMA Live 1 Play By Play". topmmanews.com. May 20, 2011.
- Top MMA News Staff (September 17, 2011). "Aggression MMA 8 – Recap". topmmanews.com.
- Top MMA News Staff (February 28, 2013). "Ryan Ford Ready To Put On Show For Edmonton On March 23". topmmanews.com.
- Top MMA News (June 29, 2013). "Ryan Ford faces Michael Hill for AFC Welterweight Championship at AFC 19". topmmanews.com.
- Don Wilson (May 4, 2012). "Bellator 67 Play-By-Play – Come Behind Victory For Ford, Baker Advances". topmmanews.com.
- Don Wilson (November 3, 2012). "Bellator 79 Results & Play-By-Play – Ford, De Lorenzi Win". topmmanews.com.
- "Bellator Veteran Ryan Ford Signs with World Series of Fighting Canada for 2014 Debut".
- Staff. "WSOF CANADA HEADS TO EDMONTON ON FEB. 21 FOR RYAN FORD VS. JOEL POWELL TITLE FIGHT". WSOF.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-17.
- Top MMA News Staff. "WSOF Canada: Ford vs Powell Play-by-Play - Ford Wins Title". TopMMANews.com.
- "Ford, Marunde Top WSOF Canada Card on June 7". TopMMANews.com. 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-24.
- Keith Grienke (August 4, 2014). "Jake Shields Heads North To Fight Ryan Ford at WSOF 14". TopMMANews.com.
- "RYAN FORD-YUSHIN OKAMI, SMEALINHO RAMA-BLAGOI IVANOV ANNOUNCED FOR WSOF 21".
- MMAjunkie Staff (2015-04-07). "Injured Ryan Ford says he's out of June's WSOF 21 headliner". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
- "Ryan Ford, KB Bhullar among first three fights announced for Unified 43". 7 January 2022.
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- "KO Boxing News and Results".
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- "Canadian MMA Rumor Mill.com - June 8, 2015".
- "Canadian MMA Rumour Mill - August 19, 2015".
- "Red hot Dekada Calgary card to air on Fight Network Oct. 16".
- "Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – November 13, 2015".
- "Ryan Ford Stops Enriquez in Edmonton, Moves to 4-0".[permanent dead link]
- "Canadian MMA Rumour Mill – February 22, 2016".
- "Ryan Ford To Take On Manus Boonjumnnong On April 22nd". 28 March 2016.
- "Ryan Ford Quotes: "Training camp has been on point" for Palacios Tilt". 8 September 2016.
- "UBO Upcoming bouts and events".
- "Ryan Ford vs. Sam Rapira". Facebook.
- "UBO Roar in Singapore results".
- "KO Boxing promotion - December 2, 2016".
- "Ford vs. Baeza - December 2, 2016". Facebook.
- "Ryan Ford Defends UBO World Title Against Robert Berridge On May 27".
- "Anthony Yarde vs. Ryan Ford on Saunders-Monroe card on Sept 16". 9 August 2017.
- "Edmonton boxer Ryan Ford to fight for WBO belt next month in England".
- "Ford vs. Yarde canceled due to contract dispute".
- "Ryan Ford: Ready To Fight Anytime". 9 September 2017.
- "Ford vs. Chudinov Announcement".
- "'I Feel Like The Canadian Rocky': Ryan Ford in Russia for WBA Title".
- "Nick Hannig vs. Ryan Ford: Ranfighting". 18 April 2018.
- "Ryan Ford 16-4 got the KTFO upset vs Michel 8-0 Saturday".
- "ESPN: What's the Golden Contract light-heavyweight tournament, and who's in it?". 12 December 2019.
- Christ, Scott (2019-08-31). "Joshua Buatsi knocks out Ryan Ford in seventh round". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
- "Al Ford calls out Ryan "The Real Deal" Ford after getting his Belt". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
- "Why WSOF/NBC should not promote Ryan Ford". 10 October 2014.
- "BoxRec UBO World Light Heavyweight Title History".
- "World Boxing Council International Silver Light Heavyweight Title History".
- "WBC International Championships".
- Sherdog.com. "Ryan Ford". Sherdog. Retrieved 2022-03-07.