Robert Hale expecting to make things look easy against Ryan Ford in Unified MMA 45 main event

Robert Hale
Robert Hale after his win at B2 Fighting Series 137. (Credit: B2 Fighting Series)

Unified MMA have outdone themselves once again with another stacked card.

They’re back at the River Cree Resort & Casino Friday night for Unified MMA 45. The main event will feature top prospect Robert Hale (11-5) venturing into enemy territory to take on Edmonton combat sports legend Ryan Ford (23-5) with the vacant super welterweight title on the line.

Fighting out of Atlanta, Ga., Hale, 29, was quick to point out the resume of Ford but was also quick to point to his youth as a potential deciding factor in the outcome of the fight.

Confident in his abilities, Hale will look to prove he’s nothing like Ford’s previous opposition.

“He’s a legend and they respect him up in Canada for a reason,” Hale said in an interview with MMA Empire.

“He’s had a lot of fights and he’s fought all over the world, but I’m just a different breed of fighter, a different breed of person. A whole different era of fighter that he hasn’t met before. He can say what he wants, that he’s seen it all, but he hasn’t been in the cage with me.”

Not looking to put too much thought into his opponents game plan, Hale will look to focus inward Friday night and bring the best version of himself to the fight.

“I focus on myself, I’m the better man. Of course, Ryan has some tricks, but I do too. He might have the old tricks, but I have the new tricks,” Hale explained.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to fight my fight and play my game. Ryan can fight his fight, he can have the bully style and be as aggressive as he wants. At the end of the day you’re going to see the best King Hale on the 27th. I’ll just continue doing what I do, looking good, making it look easy and staying pretty after the fight.”

Hale has grown into quite the fan-friendly fighter over the years and he definitely feels he’s yet to hit his ceiling in terms of skill.

He’ll look to continue his streak of exciting fights on Friday night when he travels to Canada for the first time to square off with one of the country’s finest.

“Ain’t no light shining brighter than King Hale. Coming into enemy territory is what I do, I thrive in these situations,” Hale said.

“It doesn’t matter to me. If the UFC calls or if I defend the title, I’ll do whatever I have to do. Any cage time is great time. Whether I get him out of there early or it goes all five, it’s going to be entertaining regardless.”

Hale is looking to keep the momentum going this weekend after picking up a pair of victories in his last two outings.

With dominant performances in both fights after spending most of his career at 155 pounds, Hale is looking to prove, once again, he belongs among the top welterweights.

“In those fights I learned that I can definitely compete at 170,” Hale said.

“I can move better than most of the guys at welterweight, even in the UFC. I’ve improved a lot mentally, coming forward more, adding pressure and not letting my opponent off the hook. I’m only getting better as time goes on and it’s only up from here.”

Not having to cut down to lightweight is one less thing to worry about for Hale this weekend.

The next fight is always the biggest one and he’ll look to stay focused and keep showing improvements when he steps into the cage.

“155 was a major cut for me. I stopped doing that because it was damaging my body,” Hale explained.

“170 has felt great and 175 is even better. Over the years I’ve just become more mature as an athlete. I’ve learned how to train safer and smarter but harder at the same time. Every fight is pushing me to a higher standard. Every fight is a big one, and I treat it accordingly.”

Hale’s shoutouts

“Coaches, training partners, my manager and all my sponsors. Shoutout to my family and everyone who supports me.” Follow Hale on social media: TWITTER, INSTAGRAM

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