While he hasn’t spoken at length about the injury since losing to Shields in the WSOF 14 main event on Saturday night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Ford posted on his Facebook page about doing his best with the situation he was in.
“Wanna Say Big Thanks 2 All My Fans For Coming Out And Supporting Me Tonight I Did My Best With The Situation I Was In,” Ford wrote. “I Will Always Put On For My Family City & Fans!! Love You All & I Will Be Back Better Then Ever!”
He then linked to a video, which he dates to Oct. 2, that details his reasoning for fighting with a broken ulna bone in his right arm.
“I don’t have a choice but to fight. We’re not in a sport where insurance is available, you get injured nine days, 10 days out to a fight, and you get paid,” Ford said. “Don’t work like that. You step into the cage, you get paid.
“The only option I have is step in that cage, put on a hell of a fight, get paid, broken arm or not.”
WSOF president Ray Sefo denied any knowledge of Ford entering the bout with a broken arm. In a statement to Sherdog.com, he said, “Neither I nor any of my staff at World Series of Fighting had any prior knowledge of Ryan Ford’s condition until he went on the record about it after last night’s fight. Like all of the other fighters who competed last night, Ryan went through all of the steps necessary to receive clearance by the athletic commission to fight.”
Edmonton Combative Sports Commission Executive Director Pat Reid confirmed to Sherdog.com that Ford had passed his medical examination leading up to the fight, but did note that Ford was issued an indefinite medical suspension after the fight due to “a fractured right forearm that is listed as having occurred ‘pre-fight.'”