Ryan Ford: ‘Ain’t nobody gonna stop me come fight night’

World Series of Fighting Canadian welterweight champion Ryan Ford (22-4) grew up athletic, and with professional fighting all around him in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He had to wait until he was much older, however, to be allowed to throw any punches of his own.

“I always grew up around boxing because my dad was a Canadian lightweight champion and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the world, at one point,” Ford told Cagewriter.

“So, boxing was always around. When I was in junior high school, I started wrestling. I was an athletic kid and I played every sport I could. But my mom really didn’t want us to box so we didn’t get to do the boxing, too much. Dad did show us how to hit pads and throw a punch, though.”

Once Ford became an adult and a professional fighter himself, it ended up being in the newer combat sport of MMA, instead of boxing. His mom may not have approved of it, but Ford’s father was also initially a bit dubious of his son’s career choice.

“He had that old school boxing mentality of, ‘What is this stuff?’ ” Ford laughs.

“After seeing a few of my fights he actually was like, ‘OK.’ I actually got into it. He saw that it isn’t this crazy sport.”    

Once Ford’s dad bought into MMA, he was eager to give his son pointers and advice. Sometimes, a little bit too eager, according to the fighter.

“Yeah, he gives me some pointers after fights with stand up striking. He’s a boxing analyst,” Ford says.

“But, It’s changed. He used to box back in the ’70s and ’80s. A lot has changed between then and what we do now.”

Ford has readily accepted the advice and game-planning ability of his head MMA coach Firas Zahabi in preparation for his fight against Jake Shields (29-7-1) Saturday night in Edmonton. Zahabi also prepared Georges St-Pierre for his 2011 UFC welterweight title defense against Shields, and so he knows the “American Jiu-Jitsu” specialist.

“Coach Firas set the game plan when Georges fought him, so I’ve definitely relied on his knowledge. Firas knows the game. He knows what game plans to use. At the same time, I’m a totally different fighter than GSP, so his game plan is different,” Ford admits.

Ford respects Shields and all the savvy and experience he will bring to the cage against him, yet still believes this his own hunger to achieve what Shields already has will make him the more dangerous fighter.

“I believe in myself,” he says.

“I believe in the hard work and dedication I put into the gym. Ain’t nobody gonna stop me come fight night. Jake has been there before, done that before, whereas I haven’t. I’m a lot more hungry than he is. Come fight night, he is going to understand.”

Ford takes on Shields Saturday, Oct. 11 in the main event of a four-fight card airing on NBC Sports Network at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.

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Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver targeted for Jan. 18 UFC event in Boston


Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver targeted for Jan. 18 UFC event in Boston

By: Steven Marrocco October 23, 2014 3:45 pm

Conor McGregor may not get an immediate title shot, after all.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations told MMAjunkie that McGregor (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC), the popular Irish featherweight, is targeted to meet Dennis Siver (22-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at a yet-to-be announced fight card on Jan. 18, which could take place at Boston’s TD Garden.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the fight card or pending booking.

Although bout agreements are not yet in place, the promotion plans to keep McGregor active rather than reserve him for a fight with the winner of an upcoming title bout between champ Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, which is set for Saturday’s UFC 179.

The Jan. 18 event, which falls on a Sunday, would follow the NFL’s NFC Championship Game on FOX and air on FOX Sports 1, sources close to the event told MMAjunkie. A lightweight matchup is already rumored for the event; according to FOX’s “UFC Tonight,” Donald Cerrone will face off with Myles Jury.

UFC President Dana White previously indicated that McGregor was on the fast track for a shot at the belt despite just four appearances in the octagon. McGregor, though, recently said he would gladly fight again before a title shot.

On Tuesday, McGregor added another potential opponent for his future, teasing Mendes during an appearance on “Beyond the Octagon.”

Siver, 35, previously expressed in fighting McGregor, earlier this month telling KammakazeTV he would knock out the outspoken fighter. In August, he expressed dismay at McGregor’s higher spot in the UFC’s official rankings despite a lack of experience against top competition.

Siver returned to the cage earlier this month at UFC Fight Night 53, where he earned a unanimous decision in his first fight since a nine-month suspension for a positive drug test. His previous win over Manny Gamburyan at UFC 168 was overturned and he was also fined when the commission found human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in his system post-fight.

In September, McGregor took steps to silence critics when he took on the top-10 ranked Dustin Poirier and delivered a first-round TKO to pick up his fourth straight UFC win.

McGregor, 26, will be sitting cageside when Aldo and Mendes face off in Rio de Janeiro, and as he reported to Mendes, enjoying the royal treatment.


Source: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/186337-conor-mcgregor-vs-dennis-siver-targeted-jan-18-ufc-event-boston.html

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Cain Velasquez has successful surgery, hopes for March return

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Hey Wimmer!

off the back of this michael brown thing theres meant to be shit like the purge going on. seemingly in kentucky


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Morning Report: Michael Bisping indifferent over Cung Le’s lifted suspension, but believes ‘he got off on a loophole or a technicality’

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Eddie Bravo Invitational -EBI 1 FEATHERWEIGHTS (part 1 of 2)

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why are the black box recordings not being released?


Russia is demanding to know why international investigators have yet to publish the black box data from a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July, a deputy defence minister said in an interview published on Saturday.

Moscow blames Ukraine for the disaster, in which all 298 passengers and crew were killed. In a version of events widely believed in the West, Ukraine says the Boeing 777 was shot down by pro-Russian separatists with a surface-to-air missile.

"The Boeing catastrophe throws up more and more questions. But lately not many people are talking about this," Anatoly Antonov, deputy defence minister, told RIA news agency.

"Why have the data still not been published about the conversations between the air traffic controllers and the pilots of the Boeing? Why haven’t the data been presented from the international investigation of the black boxes? Who doesn’t want this to happen?"

The interview marked the latest example of Moscow’s attempts to go on the media offensive at a time when it faces intense international pressure over mounting evidence of its military support for the rebels, something it continues to deny.

The Netherlands, which had 195 nationals on board the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, is leading the international investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

The July 17 incident stirred international outrage, which only increased when rebel fighters impeded investigators’ access to the bodies and wreckage.

Mr Antonov said Russia had established that a Ukrainian Su-25 military aircraft was in the vicinity of the Malaysian airliner.

"Where is the transcript of the recordings of conversations between the pilot of this plane and his command? How did a military aircraft come to be alongside a civilian one?

"If people are saying today that a rocket was fired from the ground towards that military plane, then I’d like to look that military pilot in the eye who used a civilian plane as cover, if of course that’s what happened," Mr Antonov said.

His comments appeared to allow for the possibility that rebels might have downed the airliner in a failed attempt to hit a Ukrainian military plane, although he said these were only "working versions" of what may have happened.

Mr Antonov said his ministry was pressing for answers about the tragedy from the United States, Ukraine and European countries.

He reiterated Russia’s denials of military intervention in Ukraine: "When people say today that Russia has launched aggression or war against Ukraine, that is all nonsense."

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