Jake Shields scored a quick victory in his World Series of Fighting debut Saturday night, but now a new storyline is emerging from the bout, which is sure to prompt a ton of discussion.
Shields took on one of Canada’s top welterweights in Ryan Ford, and proceeded to tap-out the Tristar fighter with a first round, rear-naked-choke. Well, following the bout, Ford’s camp released a video, which apparently was produced over a week ago. In the video, Ford says he hurt his right arm while sparring on September 30th, and as of October 2nd, he had been informed by doctors that it was indeed broken.
The video includes an x-ray of the fighter’s right arm, which shows a break right above the metal plate he had inserted last year (following a win over TUF vet Michael Hill). The 32 year-old fighter offered this take on the situation, before explaining why he was going to still face Shields, despite the injury.
“I found that out yesterday after seeing my doctor for the x-ray results. Yeah, I have a broken ulnar bone…I don’t have a choice but to fight. It’s funny, I have the toughest challenge ahead of me, October 11th against Jake Shields, and now I get thrown another challenge, fighting him with a broken arm.”
“We’re not in a sport where insurance is available where you get injured, nine days, ten days out from a fight and you get paid. Don’t work like that. You step into the cage, you get paid,” the Tristar fighter furthered. “This is how I feed my wife, my two kids, I put a roof over there head, so the only option I have is to step into that cage, put on a hell of a fight, and get paid. Broken arm or not.”
It will be interesting to see how the video is received (and yes, there will surely be some trolling), as this is quite the revelation. Fighters compete all the time with an injury, but not being able to throw your right hand or use it in the clinch, for takedowns, whatever the case, is brutal. This also could bring attention once more to the issue of fighter compensation, as Ford clearly wasn’t in a position to drop out of the fight.
If you haven’t seen Ford fight, you may be unaware of the fact that he’s no pushover. Heading into WSOF 14, “The Real Deal” had won six straight fights, which included wins over established vets like Luis Santos and the aforementioned Hill. Many observers in Canada and beyond believed he was going to be a strong test for Shields.
All this aside, it looks like Shields will take on the winner of the December 13th bout between champion Rousimar Palhares and Jon Fitch. Following last night’s WSOF 14 win, Shields admitted he would like to face Fitch, even though they’re friends. That might just happen.