by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Canadian fighter Ryan Ford wants to be in the UFC.
The brash fighter who made his rise to fame while competing in Canada’s Maximum Fighting Championship promotion is set to return to action March 19, but he’s letting the powers that be know he’s got a goal in mind, and it’s competing in the Octagon.
A bright prospect who now trains out of Adam Zugec’s gym in Canada alongside top ranked female fighter Sarah Kaufman, Ford believes that his home country is ripe with talent, but he’s hoping the UFC soon gives him a call like some of the other fighters in his area.
“I want to get to the UFC. Because they’re signing some guys here from Canada that I don’t see why I’m not being signed,” Ford told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview.
“There’s a guy by the name of Claude Patrick who I’ve heard is supposedly signed for June 12 here in Canada at UFC Vancouver. It’s funny because he was the champion where I’m fighting at now, and all of a sudden I show up and he leaves.”
Ford says the talent rich pool of fighters deserves to be in the UFC, but he wants his shot too, and if he is granted the opportunity, he’ll prove it to them.
“The UFC is the NFL and obviously if you’re in mixed martial arts that’s where you want to be,” he commented. “Obviously with me fighting these guys in Canada, I believe and I know I can beat, I don’t see why they’re not giving me that chance.”
Originally scheduled to make his U.S. debut last month for Shark Fights, Ford was forced out of the bout due to a death in the family. While he says he’d be happy to bring the hometown crowd out in Vancouver for UFC 115, he’s also ready to get to know new fans in the States.
“I know the UFC is coming to Canada, but I want to be able to get out into the U.S. and showcase my skills out there, maybe where a lot of people don’t know who I am, they can get to know who I am,” said Ford.
His next fight may be the one to get the UFC’s attention. Ford defends his TFC (The Fight Club) championship against former “Ultimate Fighter” finalist Tommy Speer. This is the second time the two have been scheduled to meet, and Ford is ready to welcome him to Canada.
“I’m going to be defending my world title against (Tommy Speer). I was looking forward to last time, fighting him for it, but I guess he says he didn’t pull out, but the organization that I’m fighting for said that he took the fight and then came back two weeks before the fight and said no,” Ford stated. “So I’m really looking forward to getting in there with him.”
While Speer may not have the biggest reputation in the sport, his UFC and “Ultimate Fighter” experience make him a name, and Ford hopes that an impressive win over Speer will put him on the right radar to get him into the UFC.
“I’ve been wanting to fight named guys my whole career. It’s the organizations that I’m fighting for that’s putting me up against these guys. I just want to fight and whoever they’re going to put up against me, I’m going to fight them,” Ford said. “Tommy Speer, I give him credit, he was in the UFC, he does have a name, but he’s not going to come here and try to make his name off of me again.”
Ryan Ford will face off against Tommy Spear on March 19 in Canada at the next TFC event.