Josh Ford: Lightweight on the Rise Josh Davis May 23, 2011 UFC Josh Ford got into mixed martial arts after he watched the first couple UFC events. He was a high school wrestler in Atlanta at the time and was intrigued with the sport. Ford was really interested in jiu jitsu and in 2001 he found a place in Atlanta where he could train and learn the discipline. He trained a little bit in Atlanta under legendary instructor Romero “Jacare” Cavalcante, but did not really take it seriously until he moved to Colorado. In Colorado, he found Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and began to train as much as he could. He fought a couple of MMA bouts early on, then got wrapped up in work life and stepped away from fighting. It was a switch to Easton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Ford’s day job as a tattoo artist that would get him to think about competing in MMA again through his relationship with Shane Carwin. “I actually tattoo Shane and while I’d be tattooing him, he would kind of nudge me and say ‘hey you should fight again, you should fight again’. After that I decided to go roll with the guys at Grudge Training Center.” After training with the guys at Grudge a few times, Eliot Marshall told Ford not to come back without his sparring gear and that started Ford’s training towards his professional mixed martial arts career. Ford is set to make his professional debut in November but continues to work two other jobs in addition to raising his two kids. Ford is a tattoo artist at Lifetime Tattoo, and owns Honorable Irons, manufacturing parts for tattoo machines. His dedication to being the best is evident in his typical day: Ford will get up at 5:00 am and get his kids ready for school, from there he will get some work done and then do some training and then back to work and then more training and the cycle continues to repeat itself. When Ford first started training jiu jitsu seriously at Colorado BJJ, he really did not have any set goals for his MMA career. At the time, it was him and a group of his buddies that just wanted to train. Now almost a decade later, he has earned a black belt and is one of the most respected Jiu Jitsu practitioners and coaches in the state of Colorado. As his overall MMA game continues to improve under the tutelage of Trevor Wittman and the rest of his coaches, Ford has set actual goals for his MMA career. Goal number one is to win his pro debut in November for Fight to Win Promotions. Once that goal has been attained, Ford will began to set new goals for his career. The timing is finally right for Ford, and he shared that he is extremely excited to make his pro debut now. Ford stated that when first started his amateur career about five years ago, he would get nervous before fights because he never felt that he trained properly or maintained a proper diet and really felt that he did not have a proper MMA team. In his final bout as amateur on July 24, 2010 at Worlds Collide, all he could think about while he was standing in the cage was how calm and relaxed he was. Ford attributed that relaxed and calm feeling to the fact the he finally feels like he has a proper team, a great group of fighters that will help him train properly both in the gym and with his diet. Ford feels that it is because of his training now at Grudge that he is ready to turn pro. Ford, who wants to fight the best in the world regardless of whether or not he wins or loses, will be making his pro debut at 155lbs. Ford stated that he dreams to one day fight the best guys in the division like BJ Penn, but is willing to take the baby steps on the way. Ford trains at one of the best gyms in the country, has excellent jiu jitsu skills, good wrestling, good stand up and excellent size for the light weight division and he will soon be a household name. Regardless of what organization you fight in, if you are a lightweight fighter you better watch out; Josh Ford is coming and he is coming to prove to the world that he is one of the best there is.