Ford returns to MFC after acrimonious split

source: thefightnetwork.com
 

In a move that an overwhelming majority in the mixed martial arts world believed would never happen, Canadian welterweight sensation Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford has signed a new multi-fight contract with the Maximum Fighting Championship.

A former two-time challenger for the MFC’s 170-pound title, Ford and the MFC bitterly parted ways in early 2009 and the acrimonious split resulted in a rift that most insiders considered impossible to repair. But out of nowhere, there has been a mending of fences and Ford (12-2) is back in the MFC looking to rejuvenate a career that had dramatically stalled in his year-long absence from the organization.

“It’s unfortunate and a shame what happened the first time around, but I think everyone has grown since then,” offered MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich. “This time around I hope that Ryan reaches the goals he set for himself – the goals he started with in the MFC right from the beginning.

“I hope that he lives up to his abilities that we all know he has. He’s going to be fighting top-notch talent so we will certainly see what he truly has.”

Now fighting out of the ZUMA training centre in Victoria, British Columbia, Ford is expected to make his return to the ring at MFC 26 on Friday, September 10. An official announcement on the host city and lineup for that card is forthcoming.

“I think this is very exciting for the fans,” said Adam Zugec, Ford’s trainer at ZUMA. “There’s been a lot of drama ... just like a reality show, and I think the fans really love that.

“I’m expecting great things from Ryan. He’s made to be on TV, his persona is perfect for the MFC’s shows on HDNet, and Mark and the MFC is so good at marketing its fighters on television.

“I always knew that eventually both parties would be back working together. Both sides needed some time to clear their heads and start a new plan. As everyone started to mature they’ve become more willing to work with each other and that’s good for both sides.”

Ford made his MFC and professional mixed martial arts debut back in August 2007, instantly becoming a fan favorite as he rattled off six straight wins including three inside the opening round. His biggest victory in that initial phase of his career came via a second-round submission of veteran Pete Spratt – an outcome that while marred by strikes coming after the bell to end Round 1 also drew Ford favorable comparisons to Georges St. Pierre at the same time of their respective careers.

Following his sixth win, Ford earned a shot at the vacant MFC welterweight title, and although he dominated much of the fight with his takedowns, the Edmonton, Alberta, native was caught in an armbar and forced to tap out to veteran Pat Healy midway through the third round. Two victories followed for Ford which garnered him a rematch with Healy but the reigning champ held onto his belt with a tight five-round, split-decision outcome in his favor.

Unable to agree on the terms of a new contract, Ford and the MFC parted ways soon after the Healy rematch.  But at long last, Ford has returned to where his blossoming career began.

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7/14/10 9:38 PM by Maximum Fighting

  MFC boss on 'Jason Gregor Show' today Pavelich appearance to provide details on MFC 26 event and much more   With lots happening and much more on the horizon for the Maximum Fighting Championship, MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich will unveil more details today during an appearance on "The Jason Gregor Show." Catch Pavelich live at 7:20 p.m. ET/5:20 p.m. MT/4:20 p.m. PT available online at www.theteam1260.com. Up for discussion will be today's announcement that the MFC's event on Sept. 10 event will be held in the city of Brandon, Manitoba, plus more on the MFC's upcoming schedule, and latest signings. For the latest updates on the Maximum Fighting Championship, check out to www.maximumfighting.com  

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7/14/10 8:56 PM by DanasDaddy

^ Pat Healy's belt?

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7/14/10 8:55 PM by Dawkins

Mark is gonna play it safe again when he matches up Ford. His toughest fight would be with Jesse Juerez, so I bet that fight isn't gonna happen. I would be okay with Chris Wilson, but I would rather him beat Spratt then fight Juerez for the belt.John Alessio vs Daley would be a good rematch. Better have it in a contract that if he misses weight once he's cut.

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7/14/10 5:52 PM by sgavin

 If good friends, call him before spouting things about guys in his division. Shoot him a call- he just got a text about it. Relax- It's the internet

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7/14/10 5:48 PM by FORD FAN 780

LTL Member Since: 4/27/06 Posts: 2425 FORD FAN 780 - SORRY FIGHT4REAL DID MEAN TO HURT YOUR FEELING BUT IF THAT HURT YOUR FEELINGS JUST BY SAYING THAT I WOUNDER WHAT FORD WOULD DO TO YOU IN THE RING!! SUCK IT UP!!! GET SOMEMORE WINS UNDER YOUR BELT AND MABY THERES A CHANCE!! DONT TRY AND BEG CAUSE THEN YOU LOOK LIKE A PUSSY AND DESPERATE TO GET A FIGHT AGAINST FORD A GUY THATS ON A 4 WIN STREAK!! ANYWAYS HOPE YOU FIND A FIGHT AND WIN SO THAT SOMEDAY YOU CAN GET A FIGHT AGAINST FORD!!A) The talking in all caps gimmick is already taken.B) Aren't you Ford's brother?C) You are not helping Ford's image by coming on here acting like a total and complete douche. D) What grade did you stop going to school? NO NOT FORDS BROTHER BUT REALLY GOOD FRIENDS WITH THEM!!!

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7/14/10 5:46 PM by sgavin

 So much yelling- 1- Ford Fan 780- Relax.  Jesus.  Wilson is tough as hell.  So is Thompson, Dailey, Alessio and about a dozen others that work with the MFC.  Mark will pick an opponent and Ryan will fight, that simple.  Ranting about competition doesn't do Ryan any favors.  What Wilson did isn't out of line at all.  He asked Mark if he could throw his hat in there.  That decision is ultimately up to Mark.  It's not a call out at all and he was respectful.  If they fight, cool- If they don't fight, also cool. 

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7/14/10 5:32 PM by USA=LandOfTheDickTuckers

Ford needs to beat a decent opponent without crawling out of the ring after getting dropped,or taking cheap shots 3 seconds after the bell,or try not losing to natural 155lbers. The MFC will coddle him just like they did before.

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7/14/10 5:24 PM by LTL

A) The talking in all caps gimmick is already taken.B) Aren't you Ford's brother?C) You are not helping Ford's image by coming on here acting like a total and complete douche. D) What grade did you stop going to school?

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7/14/10 4:59 PM by trent205

 lol man im embarrassed at how much i enjoy this soap opera on the ug lol

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7/14/10 4:13 PM by kidpresentable

WHY IS EVERYONE YELLING?