Martyn Ford apparently fighting the 'Iranian Hulk' in his MMA debut
While the likes of Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and even Floyd Mayweather have dominated many headlines relating to Mixed Martial Arts, it looks like there's another big fight on the horizon that involves none of these controversial players.
Last month, Martyn Ford stepped forward, announcing his intentions to make his MMA debut in 2019. The 6 foot 8 professional bodybuilder is nicknamed 'The Nightmare', and for good reason.
Ford, who weighs 145kg, initially wanted to be a cricketer for England, but after he suffered from a severe case of glandular fever, things had to change.
In an Instagram post, he wrote:
"I was lost when I finished playing cricket. I was convinced I would turn pro and that would be my life set out. With injuries, bad luck and just losing love for the game that never happened. But the void was never filled. I knew deep down I needed to succeed at something, that I had an ability to shine in some way."
Soon after, he entered into the world of bodybuilding, and it looks like it has definitely paid off. However, he's recently been working on upping his speed, in preparation for yet another career change. Now, he's apparently been selected for Polish MMA organisation KSW (Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki)'s line-up, and is set to enter the world of MMA.
"Warming up, believe it or not, at one time I was incredibly flexible, it will come back, that much I do know," he said. "Reducing my weight training, increased stretching and flexibility, focusing on movements and being functional and explosive is now key."
But he's not the only new entrant into the MMA sport in recent weeks, if these latest rumours are to be believed. It turns out that Ford, who was already an intimidating presence to bring to the ring, may be facing an opponent as terrifying as he is. Now, there are rumours that Sajad Gharibi, also known as the 'Iranian Hulk', has signed on to fight him.
Although Gharibi is shorter at 6 foot 1, he weighs around 10 kg more, and is said to be able to life over 386 lbs - enough to scare anyone thinking of having a showdown with him.
If true, this fight would be the 'Iranian Hulk's Mixed Martial Arts debut - but given his past experience in wrestling and bodybuilding competitions, it looks like he will be bringing some significant strength to this first battle.