Bad predictions happen all the time in combat sports, but when you openly mock one of the men involved and make a bad prediction, be prepared for it to backfire.
That’s exactly what happened to Martyn Ford. Ford loudly backed his friend Eddie Hall while at the same time labeling Hafthor Bjornsson as “too soft”.
Ford had previously claimed Bjornsson had been too edgy in the boxing match build-up.
“Thor has been very edgy the last two days,” he told iFL TV before the fight. “Like I said before this fight, I was like, I think Thor is too soft. I think he has just not got that ‘(signalling energy).’”
A bold statement considering Bjornsson has more experience in the boxing ring, has several physical advantages, and is also younger than Hall.
The remarks went on to haunt him as Bjornsson scored two knockdowns over Hall to claim an unanimous decision victory.
While a rematch clause has been activated by Hall, in order to secure the right he is required to ink a tattoo of Bjornsson’s name along with World’s Strongest Man and donate $200,000 to a charityr.
On the other hand, Ford is waiting on his debut against Iranian Hulk and making moves to face Thor in future.
“I didn’t think he was special, I didn’t think he was great,” he later told iFL TV. “He used his advantages; he was clever, he was composed, he kept his distance and used his jab a lot.”
” I’m just gutted for Eddie as a friend. I tell you what, I would take Thor 100 per cent, I don’t know if I would knock him out but I would beat him. He’s not venomous; there’s no snap in the punch. I would back myself. If Eddie wants me to do it, I’d do it.” Ford added.
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.