Update: Ryan Ford to Headline Shark Fights on Feb 5
Ryan Ford will be headlining a card fighting for another title. The current TFC Welterweight champion will be heading south to fight on the main event for the Shark Fights promotion according to Top MMA News sources. Ford will challenge Anselmo Martinez for the Shark Fights’ Interim Welterweight title while the current titleholder Anthony Waldburger will not be available to fight by February 5th as he takes a month and a half off during the winter. The fight will be on the Texas-based organization’s February 5th card.
Shark Fights President/Matchmaker Brent Medley confirmed the fight with Top MMA News and “is very excited by the Ryan Ford vs Anselmo Martinez fight.” Medley goes on to say:
“Ryan Ford is a tough fighter flying under the radar and so has Anselmo Martinez. Anselmo has has fought anyone that I have ever asked him about. He has KO’d or TKO’d everyone he has fought under our flagship. This fight is going to have some kind of a highlite come out of it.”
Interestingly enough, Ford fought for the MFC Welterweight but lost to Pat Healy at MFC 20. In an interesting twist, Healy went on to lose to Waldburger for the Shark Fights Welterweight title earlier this year. Now Ford will be facing Martinez for that promotion’s Interim title.”
Since losing to Healy in February of 2009, Ford has looked unbeatable under the tutelage of Adam Zugec winning the TFC World title and defeating three opponents in a combined two minutes and five seconds of cage time. Martinez will be a tough test for Ford as he has reeled off five wins, including four in Shark Fights, since his debut loss. Anselmo worked his way into the Shark Fights’ number one contender position after beating Lorenzo Borgomeo this past September.
(Note: This article has been edited as Shark Fights 8 will not be shown live on HD Net. However, Inside MMA will be there with cameras. As well, Anthony Waldburger is not injured, but takes a month and a half off during the winter and would not be ready for February 5.)
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