World Series of Fighting Canadian welterweight champion Ryan Ford has been suspended for six months for failing to reveal an injury prior to his most recent fight.
Ford faced Jake Shields in a five-round non-title fight in the WSOF 14 main event on Oct. 11 in Edmonton, but he had broken his arm in training a couple weeks prior. He went through the usual medical screening before the fight, but the broken arm was not discovered by medical staff and Ford did not reveal the injury to Edmonton Combative Sports Commission officials.
He ended up losing the fight via rear naked choke in the first round.
ECSC Executive Director Pat Reid on Wednesday, following an initial report by MMAJunkie.com, confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that Ford has been suspended for six months, retroactive to the date of the fight. He was not issued any monetary penalty.
After the fight, Ford released a video that was recorded prior to the fight, disclosing his broken arm, explaining why he didn’t back out.
“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.”
When it came to light that Ford had entered the bout with a broken arm, WSOF president Ray Sefo issued a statement denying that the promotion had any prior knowledge of the injury.