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Ryan Ford to Face Anselmo Martinez at Shark Fight 8 on 2/5

Popular mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Shark Fight Promotions, announced today that one of Canada’s prime fighters, Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford, will face off with Shark Fight Veteran Anselmo Martinez at Shark Fight 8 in the main event. The winner will claim the promotions interim welterweight title, and will later step into the cage with Shark Fights current champion, TJ Waldburger, for a shot at the official title. Shark Fight 8 – Super Brawl will take place on February 5th 2010, at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.

According to Brent Medley, President of Shark Fight Promotions, “Shark Fight executives agreed to create the interim welterweight title, after learning that there were several scheduling conflicts over the coming months that would keep TJ from defending his title.”

Medley went on to say, “We were very strategic when selecting an opponent for Anselmo, as we wanted it be an extremely compelling match up. I believe that we achieved our goal by signing Ryan Ford. Both fighters are incredibly skilled and both are hungry for the title. The entire Shark Fight 8 card is stacked with exciting match ups, including a co-main event featuring Kyle Bracey and Erick Davilla. I couldn’t think of a better way for Shark Fights to kick off 2010!”


Anselmo Martinez (5-1), a Shark Fight veteran with a history of winning by knock out, typically finishes his opponent in the first round.  Martinez recently defeated Lorenzo Borgomeo at Shark Fight 7, clinching his fourth straight win in the Shark Fight arena.  Martinez, who was contemplating retirement late last year, decided to stay in the game and challenge himself by going for the gold.

His opponent, Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (11-2), will be Martinez’s toughest opponent to date. Ford, often compared to Georges St. Pierre due to his remarkable athleticism, has an explosive fighting style and impressive mixed martial arts record. Ford was also the top ranked running back to come out of the University of Canada. On January 5th, Ford will fight in the United States for the first time in his career. His goal – to become the Shark Fight welterweight champion.


This is an MMA event that you won’t want to miss! Doors to the Fair Park Coliseum open at 6:00 PM. Fights will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Shark Fight retail store located in Westgate Mall or online at

About Shark Fight Promotions:

Shark Fight Promotions, based out of Amarillo Texas, is an up and coming Fight Promotion Company dedicated to driving the growth of mixed martial arts through the production of high quality MMA events and by effectively showcasing MMA fighters. The organization takes pride in putting the fans and fighters first; therefore they strive to make each Shark Fight event more exciting than the last.  Executives within the organization are committed to producing impressive fight cards with extremely competitive matchups. They are also very passionate about their philanthropic endeavors. Shark Fight Promotions stays very involved in charity causes by partnering with, and contributing to, non-profit organizations in each city that hosts a Shark Fight Promotions event.

Source: Melissa Ingram/Director of Media Relations, Novuss Media


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