The 165 lb Robert Ford will be making his debut at the Brazos Throwdown III, November 17th! He will be facing off with Brice Bell - who is currently 0-1 so will be determined for a victory. We are expecting quite a match-up that you'll want to watch! Read below to learn about how MMA has made Robert into the person he is today.
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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND RESPONSES
What makes someone a fighter?
That's a hard question to answer. Everyone is a fighter in some way. Everyone has their own battles they're fighting so essentially everyone is a fighter. We just do it on a stage for everyone to watch.
Why are you an MMA fighter?
I've always had an interest in the sport since it first started. I served 3 tours in Iraq so coming home was a hard adjustment. I have only fought once but the gym helped me to deal with my internal issues on a sub-level that I've never spoke with anyone about. The release I get from bag work is incredible. It helped me to sleep again and cope with things I never wanted to share with anyone. It's helped with my transition back to civilian life but now it's just a sport I love and wish I could dedicate more time to.
What are your goals in MMA?
Honestly, I do not know. I turn 35 two days before this fight so I'm a bit behind the curve, but i'd like to go pro eventually and see how far I can push it. I know I have a long road ahead before I get there.
How would you describe your fight style?
I'm not sure that I have a specific fight style. I'm more of a striker than a grappler, but I don't mind taking it down for some ground 'n pound too. I just feel that a stand up fight is a more exciting fight for the fans.
What's your favorite thing about fighting?
My favorite part of fighting is the comradery that comes with it. Yes, they televise a lot if drama, but for us smaller fighters in smaller promotions tend to have a lot less hate towards each other and more respect for the sport as a whole.
What do you know about your opponent and how do you expect this fight to go down?
My opponent is also a veteran and a good friend of my brother. Other than that I don't know much. He's only had one fight, but from what I see I expect him to wanna take it to the ground.
What do you like to do outside of MMA?
I'm an avid hunter/survivalist. I love being outside fishing and hunting. Guns are a huge part of my life. My kids and I enjoy shooting and walking our property fishing and searching for arrow heads. There's nothing like the solace nature has to offer.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
First all my brothers in arms, past, present, and future. My coach juan Torres, my opponent Bruce bell for accepting, and all the fans who bought tickets to watch.