Title rematch postponed to MFC 20 in February
The highly anticipated rematch for the MFC welterweight title has been postponed due to an injury suffered in training by challenger Ryan Ford.
Ford was diagnosed with a hyper-extended left knee by renowned sports physician Dr. Shelby Karpman who further advised the MFC’s top-ranked contender that needs to take time off to heal.
“My knee got bent the wrong way and some of the ligaments got stretched,” said a disappointed Ford. “I have to stay off it for a bit so there was no way I could have a full training camp which means I couldn’t be fully prepared for the fight.”
Ford was coming off a recent victory over durable Nabil Khatib at a show in Calgary – a victory which ran his record to 8-1. The Edmonton native was looking forward to avenging his only professional loss in the rematch with MFC champion Pat “Bam Bam” Healy who defeated Ford for the 170-pound title at MFC 17: Hostile Takeover in July.
Healy, who survived a vicious ground and pound attack from Ford before securing an armbar to win via submission in the third round, was notified of Ford’s injury and the two fighters have agreed to reschedule the title fight for MFC 20: Destined for Greatness on Friday, February 20, 2009 at the River Cree Resort and Casino.
“I want Healy again and I want to avenge that loss. I’m happy we’re set for Feb. 20 and I’ll be ready to rock,” added Ford.
Ford will be on hand at MFC 19: Long Time Coming and keeping an eye on three fights in particular. He will be in the corner of training partner Jesse Clarke who will be in one of the preliminary bouts and he’s eager to see the rematch between heavy hitters Jason Kuchera and Aron Lofton. But perhaps of most interest to Ford will be the MFC debut of John Alessio who will be in the night’s superfight (official details of that bout coming this week).
Alessio and Ford have done some verbal sparring in the past all of which could lead to a major standoff between the two down the road.