Ryan Ford (fighter)

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.

Ryan Ford
Born (1982-03-08) March 8, 1982 (age 40)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Other namesThe Real Deal
NationalityCanadian
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170.4 lb (77.3 kg; 12.17 st)
DivisionWelterweight (MMA)
Super Middleweight (Boxing)
Light Heavyweight (Boxing)
Cruiserweight (Boxing)
Reach76.0
StyleOrthodox
TeamGrant Brothers Boxing
Years active2007–2014
2022–present (MMA)
2010, 2015–present (Boxing)
Professional boxing record
Total24
Wins17
By knockout12
Losses7
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
Total28
Wins23
By knockout12
By submission9
By decision2
Losses5
By submission4
By decision1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Maximum Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Ford began his career with Maximum Fighting Championship, On February 22, 2008 at MFC 15 Ford defeated Pete Spratt via rear-naked choke in the second round.[1]

On May 9, 2008 at MFC 16 Ford defeated CJ Fernandes via rear-naked choke submission in round one.[2]

On July 25, 2008 at MFC 17 Ford was defeated by Pat Healy via arm-bar submission, the fight was for the MFC Welterweight Championship.[3]

On September 28, 2008 at MFC 18 Ford defeated Laverne Clark via guillotine choke in the second round.[4]

On February 20, 2009 at MFC 20 Ford was defeated by Pat Healy via split decision in a rematch for the MFC Welterweight Championship.[5]

On September 10, 2010 at MFC 26 Ford was defeated by Douglas Lima via armbar submission in the second round.

On November 12, 2010 at MFC 27 Ford defeated Pete Spratt in a rematch via rear-naked choke submission.

Ford has twice left the Edmonton-based MFC organization due to contract disputes.[6]

Independent promotionsEdit

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] On February 11, 2012, Ford defeated Ricky Goodall at AMMA 9 via TKO due to elbows in round one.

On March 23, 2013, Ford fought for the renamed Aggression Fighting Championship promotion in Edmonton, Alberta. Ford defeated Brendan Tierney via KO in the second round at AFC 17.[10]

Ford faced Ultimate Fighter vet Michael Hill on July 5, 2013 at AFC 19 for the AFC Welterweight Championship.[11] Ford defeated Hill via rear-naked choke submission in the fifth round to win the AFC Welterweight Championship.

Bellator Fighting ChampionshipsEdit

Ford signed with Bellator making his debut On May 4, 2012 at Bellator 67, Ford defeated Luis Santos via TKO due to knees and punches in the second round.[12]

On November 2, 2012 at Bellator 79, Ford took on Kyle Baker at Casino Rama in Ontario, Ford won via unanimous decision.[13]

World Series of FightingEdit

On December 5, 2013, it was announced that Ford signed a multi-fight deal with World Series of Fighting’s Canadian branch and is expected to debut under the WSOF banner in early 2014.[14]

Ford is expected to make is WSOF debut at WSOF Canada 1 against Joel Powell for the inaugural WSOF Canadian Welterweight Championship.[15] 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.[16]

Ford was scheduled to fight Bristol Marunde on June 7, 2014 at WSOF Canada 2.[17] He pulled out after getting injured during training.

Ford faced Jake Shields in the main event at WSOF 14 on October 11, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.[18] 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.

Ford was set to face Yushin Okami in a Middleweight bout for the main event of WSOF 21 on June 5, 2015.[19] However, Ford announced that he had to pull out of the June fight with Okami.[20]

Unified MMAEdit

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.[21] He won the bout via triangle choke in the second round.[22]

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.[23][24][25]

Ford fought on September 11, 2015 against Gary Kopas competing for the KO Boxing promotion.[26] 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.[27] He won via knockout in the first round.

On November 13, 2015, it was announced that Ford will fight on December 4, 2015 against Alvaro Enriquez for the KO Boxing promotion.[28] He won via technical knockout in the second round.[29]

On February 22, 2016, it was announced that Ford will fight on March 11, 2016 against David Whittom for the KO Boxing promotion.[30] He won via knockout in the first round.

On April 22, 2016, Ford faced former Thailand Olympic Gold and Silver medalist Manus Boonjumnong.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33][34] He won the fight via TKO to become the UBO World Light Heavyweight Champion.[35]

On November 10, 2016, it was announced that Ford would be facing Mario Baeza for the KO Boxing promotion on December 2, 2016.[36][37] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

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.[38] 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.[39][40] On August 25, 2017, it was announced that the fight was canceled after a contract dispute.[41]

On September 6, 2017, it was announced that Ford would be facing Joaquin Murrieta on September 9, 2017 for Rixta Promotions.[42] 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.[43][44] Ford lost via twelve round unanimous decision.

On February 9, 2019, Ford faced off against Nick Hannig for the vacant WBC International light heavyweight title.[45] Ford lost via twelve round unanimous decision.

On April 6, 2019, Ford faced off against German Olympic boxer Serge Michel.[46] Ford won the fight via knockout to win the WBC International Silver light heavyweight title.[47]

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 [48]

Personal lifeEdit

Ford is married to wife Nina & has two children, a son, Ryan Jr. and a daughter, Bella.[49] He is the son of retired professional boxer Al Ford.[50]

In 2003, Ford was the participant in an armed robbery home invasion.[51] 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

BoxingEdit

  • Universal Boxing Organization
    • UBO World Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)[52]
  • World Boxing Council
    • WBC International Silver Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)[53][54]

Mixed Martial ArtsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
28 matches 23 wins 5 losses
By knockout 12 0
By submission 9 4
By decision 2 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

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Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
24 fights 17 wins 7 losses
By knockout 12 1
By decision 5 6
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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

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