Depending on what you got up to Sunday, you may be unaware that Ryan Ford dropped a bit of a bombshell, not long after he was quickly tapped out by Jake Shields at World Series of Fighting 14 on Saturday.
Following the defeat, Ford’s team released a video, in which the welterweight says he broke his right arm approximately ten days out from fight night. The Tristar fighter, who had won six in a row prior to facing Shields, relayed he couldn’t drop out of the fight due to financial reasons.
WSOF President Ray Sefo released a follow up statement to Sherdog.com recently, and not surprisingly, the accomplished fighter is saying they had no knowledge of Ford’s injury:
“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. Had we been aware that Ryan was suffering from an arm injury, we would have immediately pulled the plug on his matchup with Jake Shields and secured another suitable opponent for Jake.
As both a fighter and a promoter, I take the health of our fighters very seriously, and I am also sensitive to the needs of fighters to support their families with the income they make from competing. Financial needs can always be addressed and worked out, but health is something that no one can afford to play with, so I sincerely hope that Ryan and the other athletes on our roster learn a lesson from this, and will be 100 percent transparent with us and disclose to us any pre-existing medical conditions in the future.”
It’s a contentious issue to say the least, and Ford’s video has sparked a ton of debate. All of this aside, Shields will move on to face the winner of the December 13th scrap between welterweight champ Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch.