6’8, 145kg Bodybuilder and Actor Martyn Ford Steps Back On the Mats for MMA Debut

British bodybuilder, actor and aspiring MMA fighter Martyn Ford has stepped back on to the mats at his gym – Gracie Barra Sutton Coldfield, in preparation for his debut MMA fight.

Towering at 6’8 – 203 cm, weighing a massive 320 lbs – 145 kg of pure muscle, with a bald head and covered in tattoos — he is an incredibly intimidating opponent. Although a white belt, he must still be an absolute force to be reckoned with, due to his sheer size. As an actor, Ford has starred in movies, Boyka: Undisputed (2016); Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017); Redcon-1 (2018); Look for him in the new Fast & Furious 9.

Photo of Martyn at aged 18 (left) and aged 35 (right).
Photo Credit: https://simplyshredded.com/martyn-ford.html

The Jiu Jitsu Times also notes that his size could give him a humongous advantage, despite having not trained frequently because of his other commitments. Ford, the magazine says, “is just a white belt, but this is hardly his first day on the mats – he’s been training since at least the beginning of 2016 and is signed with the KSW MMA promotion for an upcoming fight. The reopening of Gracie Barra Sutton Coldfield in the UK is generally good news, unless you have any chance of coming across actor and bodybuilder Martyn Ford in competition.

However, when he fights guys the same weight, or bigger, like the ‘Iranian Hulk’ (as speculated), it’s going to change the dynamics of the fight completely.

On the reopening of the gym, he looks enormous standing next to his training partner and owner of the gym, Thomas Bracher. Says Middleeasy.com: “Sure, size may not matter in BJJ, as we have seen numerous times, but there is no way that training with this beast of a man is easy.”


Here is a video back in February 2020 of Ford training, where he absolutely devours white belts who are half his size, to the beat of some heavy rock music.

And they say “size doesn’t matter”…

Lucy Wynne

BJJ Purple Belt living in, London, England. I began training BJJ back in 2017, when I was at university, and have trained ever since. #OSS Instagram: @journowynne

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