This six-foot-eight, 320-pound beast is training for his MMA debut
Martyn 'The Nightmare' Ford is a big man. In fact, even that's an understatement - at 6 foot 8 inches, and weighing in at a colossal 340 lbs, he is definitely capable of doing a lot of damage. And that's exactly what he plans on doing in the world of mixed martial arts.
In case you don't yet know the man (or beast), Ford is renowned in the world of fitness and bodybuilding and even acts occasionally. Perhaps you remember seeing him in Kingsman: The Golden Circle?
Now, however, Ford has turned his attention to competitive fighting. Yes, he has been training extremely hard since it was announced he would be joining the 2019 line-up for Polish MMA organization Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki (KSW).
Take a look at this footage of this absolute monster preparing for his debut:
It's pretty unbelievable to think this outrageously ripped up man once dreamed of making it big as an England cricket player. Yes, in his youth, Ford was quite talented between the wickets, and seemed to be on his way to a promising career.
During one particular training session, however, Ford was severely injured. And during his recovery developed a pretty bad case of glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis), and for almost a year, it left him unable to play or practice. It was as a result of this condition that Ford had to abandon his dreams of becoming a professional cricket player and look for something else to work towards.
It was during this time in his life that he began exploring fitness and bodybuilding.
Yes, he's not holding back at all with his training - in fact, he's even recruited the help of the one and only Eddie Hall.
Eddie once held the title of the World's Strongest Man, so he knows exactly what he's talking about. He knows exactly what kind of training program Ford has to follow in order to perform in the octagon.
Along with his Instagram video, he posted the following comment: "That stupid moment in life where you decide.... MMMM I know, I haven't done any bodybuilding training now for 5-6 wks, focusing purely on MMA, body weight and fitness work .....so I'll give my pal @eddiehallwsm a call and see if he fancies doing legs for fun what a twat move that was needless to say I won't be making that mistake twice lol. [sic]"
Martyn Ford announces his signing is KSW MMA:
But, to be honest, it doesn't appear to be the most enjoyable routine. Yes, it seems that Hall is really putting Ford through his paces with a grueling program that would leave most people afraid to ever step foot inside a gym again.
Recently, the fitness fanatic spoke to LADBible about his transition to MMA and how it felt pretty natural for him. He said: "I've just always been very competitive, and I like challenging myself. I'm just a bit stupid really, aren't I?!"
For Ford, MMA isn't about rivalry or conflict, it's just another sport to him.
"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," he said.
In reference to the recent fight between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the post-fight brawl, he said: "The behavior... 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."
Well, it looks like Ford will conduct himself as a much more responsible MMA fighter outside of the cage - but I dread to think of the chaos he's going to unleash between the bells.