How Viral MMA Fighter Went From Skinny Cricketer To Huge 6 Ft 8 Beast

How Viral MMA Fighter Went From Skinny Cricketer To Huge 6 Ft 8 Beast

KSW’s latest signing, man mountain and monster-human Martyn Ford, is a marvel of a human.

The 6 foot, 8-inch machine is set to turn a number of heads when he heads for the next year in Europe’s premier fighting tournament.

But his physical stature becomes even more impressive when you hear that he wasn’t always a beast. No, Ford’s stature was not built from man-child momentum.

In fact, Ford was a very slightly built kid. And we have the images to prove it!

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See, Ford was an aspiring cricketer.

A prodigious talent, set to go all the way to the top of the sport. The thing about cricketers is that they need to be athletic, flexible and highly reactive to be competitive, and Ford’s current physique is hardly conducive to that!

The Englishman was skinny, lanky and nimble back in the day.

“I was lost when I finished playing cricket. I was convinced I would turn pro and that would be my life set out. With injuries, bad luck and just losing love for the game that never happened.

But the void was never filled. I knew deep down I needed to succeed at something, that I had an ability to shine in some way.

I have always been so focused and committed with a crazy ambition to win. Fast forward to today, I’m travelling the world with fitness, made two films with three more already lined up. Not to mention three businesses to my name.”

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Rehab and focus in the gym springboarded Ford to become the man he is today. Heavy inked, Ford is one scary guy to look at, but a quick stalk through his Instagram reveals that he’s a pretty decent bloke!

He seems to have a fair bit of honour and respect for his position and those alongside him. When speaking about the events at UFC 229, Ford said:

“For me personally, I always try and carry myself as professionally as possible, and look down the line that you’ve got a lot of young people looking up to you.

The behaviour from the last couple of weeks just disappointed me. I understand it, but at the same time when you’re in a role of influence like that, there should be a cutting off point.”

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Check out the Ford’s machine like stength on show with his deadlift here:

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Just smashed Chest and Biceps @milossarcev style, believe me when I say holding this phone was difficult 😂😂 VOLUME OVERLOAD…… was insane, one of my Giant sets was over 100 reps, YES you read that correct haha, focusing on keeping that muscle in PAIN… without doubt one of the best trainers in the world, taking his knowledge and running with it for sure, for me it’s now getting that balance for fighting and weight lifting, which is not going to be easy, Trial and error I’m sure. Day 5 of the Brand new @ignite.nutrition “Test Up” and “Re-Load” supplements for myself, some of the best ingredients available to the industry, designed by the worlds leading scientists, have created a product I am very proud to stand next to. Now let’s see these work. Go to to check them out. #ignite #martynford

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