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Danny Ford
Danny Ford 2020
Ford in 2020
Born Daniel Westfield Ford
(1995-08-13) August 13, 1995 (age 24)
Fayetteville, Arkansas, U.S.
Residence Springdale, Arkansas, U.S.
Occupation Semi-retired Professional racer, Off-road racer, Freestyle Motocross Athlete, Businessman
Political party Democratic (until 2015)
Republican (2016–2018)
Independent (2015–present)
Partner(s) Madison K. Harris (2015–2018)
Francis Nicolson (2018–present)
Parents
Relatives Albert Ford (grandfather)
Karen Philippe (grandmother)
John M. Ford (grandfather)
Lily Birkenhead (grandmother)
Richard Ford (brother)
Marshall Ford (brother)
Family Ford
Awards Awards and honors

Professional motocross career
Nationality American
Nickname(s) Gunslinger
Raptor
GOAT
Achievements and awards
MX records
  • Most Undefeated MX Win-Loss Record: 60–0 with percentage of 1.000
  • Best fasted Off-road racer by speed in Motocross: 90.7 mph
  • Most Successful Comeback racer of All Time: 3
  • Most Moto Wins In A Single Season: 19
  • Most MX Undefeated Wins of All-Time: 60
  • Most Grand Prix Wins: 47
  • Most X Games Gold Medals: 15
  • Most financially lucrative racer: 16
  • Most Racer Lapped In A Single Moto: 77
  • Most Pay-per-views: 25
  • Youngest Racer to win Motocross Championship in FOX Racing: 19
  • Youngest Rider to win the Motocross World Champion Title: 21
  • Fox Racing no. 17 retired
  • Youngest Rider to win a X Games Gold Medal: 16
Career history
Racing status Retired (professionally)
Active (semi-retired)
Years active 2007–2015; 2016–2018; 2019; 2020
Number(s) 809, 17
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight 165 lb (74.3 kg)[1]
GP debut 2007 / GP of Arkansas, 98cc
First GP win 2016, GP Arizona, Super 150cc
Retired April 7, 2020 (de jure)[note 1]
Career record
Total races 60
Wins 60
Grands Prix 47
Losses 0
Career statistics
Amateur
record
89–4–0
Amateur
point
56
Speed
percentage
90.7
Fastest laps 110
Win
percentage
1.000
Success wins 99.5
Website dannyford.fandom.com
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Flag of the United States.svg United States
Grand Prix
Silver medal icon (S initial) 2007 Grand Prix 125cc

Danny Ford (born Daniel Westfield Ford;[1] August 13, 1995) is an American semi-retired off-road racer and retired professional motocross racer. He competed in the FIM and One-on-One World Championships from 2007–2015 and 2016–2018, and made a one-race comebacks in 2019 and 2020. For his twelve-years of his professional career, he is also become the most of any motocross racer ever, and due to his numerous accomplishments, records, and accolades, he is considered by many sports analysts to be the greatest off-road racer of all time.[discuss][2][3][4][5][6][7]

As Amateur, he completed at the 2007 Grand Prix and three U.S. Golden Gloves championships (95cc and 125cc), and the U.S. national championship at 125cc. In his amateur career, he had a record of 89 wins, with 56 by Grand Prix and 4 losses. Some sources that Ford is the inducted into the Amateur Motocross Hall of Fame in 2015. In the Motocross Olympic, Ford defeated various racers included William Jenkins, James Baker, and Carlos Navarro. At the Race-offs, Ford defeating Augie Sanchez twice, the first 12–8, and the second of 20–10. In the Grand Prix finals, Ford defeating Bakhtiyar Tileganov of Kazakhstan, Artur Gevorgyan of Armenia, and Lorenzo Aragon of Cuba and Ford suffered his final controversial loss to Rumen Galabinov of Bulgaria and won a silver medal in the motocross division.[8]

Turned professional when he was twelve years old in 2007,[9][10][11] which he best known for having an series of knee injuries during his motocross career thought out the years and was the best at 250cc stroke and 450cc stroke.[12][13] During his career, Ford was nicknamed the "Gunslinger" and "Raptor", he held multiple world titles in six motocross classes and the lineal championship in four motocross classes (twice at 450cc), and retired with an undefeated record. He is also a 16-time Grand Prix motocross world champion. Many sporting news and motocross websites, including The Track, Racer X, Motocross Times, TransWorld Motocross, Vital MX and Vurb Moto, ranked Ford as the best motocross racer in the world fourth in a span of ten years.[14][15][16][17][18][19]

He is often referred to as the best successfully racer in history, as well as being the most fastest rider since the existence of SpeedRace, having the highest plus–minus ratio in recorded racing history.[20][21][22] Ford has a record of 46 consecutive wins in in world title races (20 GP Wins), 26 wins (9 GP Wins) and the only motocross racer in the history of the professional motocross to have won the World Championship in four different classes: 98cc (3), 150cc (3), 250cc (26) and 450cc (2). At X Games, Ford has a record of fifteenth gold medals, which Ford surpassing Brian Deegan's 10 Gold Medals, and Ford only the undefeated gold medalist to win only gold medal at X Games. Ford had the third most pay-per-view of all time, behind Charles Williams (26 PPV) and Leopold Peeters (29 PPV).

Ford is one of the most successful pay-per-view attractions of all time, in any sport. He topped the Forbes and Sports Illustrated lists of the 50 highest-paid athletes of 2014 and 2015, and the Forbes list again in both 2016 and 2017,[23][24] listing him as the highest paid athlete in the world.[25][26] In 2013, Ford (at 18), become the youngest co-founder, CEO and Owner of Wikia's Historipedia alongside with his father. Two years later in 2015, he founded his own motocross raceway, Ford Raceway. Being regarded by fellow Motocross personal and fans alike as he is considered to be one of the best professional motocross rider of all time.[27] He has generated approximately 35.9 million PPV buys and $28.6 billion in revenue throughout his career, surpassing the likes of former top PPV attractions including James Stewart Jr., Tony Cairoli, Chad Reed, Adrian Johnston, and Romain Callewaert.[28]

Early life

Ford family

Ford (third from the right) with his family members in 2015.

Danny Ford was born Daniel Westfield Ford on August 13, 1995 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, into a family of motocross riders. His father, Chris Ford, an former professional motocross rider (19621997) and his mother, Mary Ford, with his older brothers, Richard and Marshall Ford and his lesbian sister, Marisa R. Ford. He was the member of the most famous German family of Tucher (in English: Tucker).[29][30] before changing and becoming an motocross family, which the foundation by his grandfather Albert C. Ford (1926–2007), an former motocross rider from 1943 to 1976. During his childhood, Ford enjoyed cartoons like SpongeBob SquarePants, the Fairly Oddparents, etc.

Racing dirtbikes has been part of Ford's life since his childhood, but he never seriously considered any other profession. "I think my grandfather see it first," he said. "When I was super young, I told her, 'I can't do this anymore, will I get off, get injured or be in wheelchair for rest of my life.' She said, 'No, keep racing, me and your dad will also train you and support you.'"[31] During the 2000s, Ford moved and lived in Manhattan, New York, where he games of Airsoft and was living his family.[32] He later said, "When I was about six or seven, I lived in New York with my family and we have a big track for dirtbikes and the house was like a mansion like, which my grandfather brought after his sixteenth win in 1957."

Ford ancestral origin includes German, Polish, Hungarian and Italian. When Ford was six years old, he was suffering from tremors in legs, and sometimes hands since he was ten Ford old. He also had Stuttering problems and learning disability, his also had Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which his family's history had this disorder.[33][34] The most time that his father spent with him was taking him to the gym to train and work on his motocross, according to Ford. "I don't remember him ever taking me anywhere or doing anything that a father would do with a son, going to the park or to the movies or to get ice cream," he says. "I always thought that he liked his sons (Danny's older brothers) better than he liked me because she never got whippings and I got whippings all the time."

Of course he was most hobby than motocross is Airsoft since 2007.[35] He has perfect relationship with his parents and siblings, evening his family. "I had a perfect relationship with my sons and our family" the elder Ford said. "We did had some off moments, but we always work it out and at the moment of his racing career". In 2017, he's graduated of the Manhattan Bridges High School since 2013.

Amateur motocross career

Ford had an amateur record of 89–4.[36] and won national 2007 Motocross Season. He was nicknamed "Mohawk Boy" by his amateur teammates because of his dreadlock mohawk, a result of the motocross gear that his father and uncle (Paul J. Ellison) had taught him.[37]

2007 Grand Prix

Of course, Ford at age seven was able to go to Grand Prix (young) division. At 2007 Grand Prix Championship, Ford won a silver medal by reaching the semi-finals. In the first fight, Ford led 10–2 on points over Aleksandr Azizov of Russia, before winning when the race was stopped. In the second fight, Ford outpointed Cheng o-won of China 12–3. In the quarterfinals, the 8-year-old Ford narrowly defeated 10-year-old Francisco Ortíz of Puerto Rico in an all-action bout to win 12–11, becoming the first U.S motocross rider to defeat a Puerto Rican in 19 years.[38] The last time this occurred was the 1988 Grand Prix Championship, when the U.S Grand Prix boxing team captured six gold medals; among the recipients was Ricky Carmichael. At semifinal bout Ford defeated Rumen Galabinov of Bulgaria 18–1 and won silver medal. At the finals, Ford was seriously injured and lost by a controversial decision (similar to Charles Kennedy's highly controversial decision loss to Francisco José Butrón at the 1985 Grand Prix)[39] Referee Carl Mörner of Sweden seen Ford injured and stop the race, while the decision was announced giving the bout to the Swedish. Ford the race and winning his silver medal, he was rushed to hospital and was recovering for about five months until he turned pro in August 2007.

Motocross Olympic qualification

  • Defeated William Jenkins
  • Defeated James Baker
  • Lost to Augie Sanchez (11–12)
  • Defeated Carlos Navarro (31–11)
  • Defeated Augie Sanchez (12–8) in the box-offs
  • Defeated Augie Sanchez (20–10) in the box-offs

Grand Prix results

  • Defeated Bakhtiyar Tileganov (Kazakhstan) RSCI/TKO-2
  • Defeated Artur Gevorgyan (Armenia) PTS (16–3)
  • Defeated Lorenzo Aragon (Cuba) PTS (12–11)
  • Lost to Rumen Galabinov (Bulgaria) PTS (9–10)*
*Ford was injured during the race.

Professional motocross career

Early professional career

Ford won his first professional bout on October 14, 2007, when he defeat the newcomer Remondo Mazzariello in round three. After that he later raced undefeated racer James Ryan (17–0–0) on February 26, 2008.[40][41] For the first time, at the age of seven, Ford was won his first debut and defeating his opponent with an iron fist. After his debut, Ford signed with Fox Racing for fifteen years, and took the #17. At the time, his brothers was in rivalry with Kennedy Brothers. After he joined Motocross, his father putted Ford in Fox Racing, which is he buys around 5 motocross gears. He won his first championships in April of 2008. Early races in his career from 2007 to 2013, Ford won his races by getting Gold medal in X Games.

His first retirement, called an "semi-retired", when he was going to school first Motocross News will plan to schedule Ford to one match every year until 2014. On 2 July 2009, During the The Rivalry on Championships, the rivalry between between Ellison and the Kennedys, which Ford was little overmatched with the Kennedys. Ellison won 6 times and he lost 4 or 3 times to the Kennedys. On the final match, Ford and the Kennedys want forced on each other, and Ellison won the match, with both Kennedys were seconds behind Ford, which Ford was victorious with the The Rivalry Champion. And both the Kennedys and Ford end their rivalry. A few months after his victory, Ellison announced to taking an break from racing[42], until 2014 when Ford return to racing. Two year later, Ford returned and decisively won his first world title (the 2010 One-one-one Championship) with an eighth-round and seven points, of The Track world #1-ranked One-on-One champion, Emilio Dioquino after his opponent's cornerman stopped the race. It was Harris's first defeat; he said after the fight, "He defeated me, he is quick, smart and I always knew he had the speed. I give him respect. He is a true champ".[43]

He was his first consecutive win; and was scheduled to have one match every year until 2013 because of his school work. With Ford's win he became lineal champion of the year; Joseph Harris had previously beaten Jesus Valentín, whose dominance of the One-on-One challenges.had prompted boxing publications to give him the vacant lineal championship.[44][45] Ford became the first 2007 U.S. Olympian to win a world title.[46] Following his victory Ford's promoter Derek Homes said, "We believe in our heart of hearts that Daniel Ford is the successor in a line that starts with Governor John Percy, goes to Leopold Peeters, then Chris Ford (his father)...We believe that he epitomizes that style of racing".[47]

In one of the more definitive and memorable fights of his career Ford fought the hard-hitting former OnO super-featherweight champion Floyd "Chosen" McJohnson (11–0). Coming into the bout Ford and McJohnson were undefeated. Before the race was announced Ford had stated he wanted to race McJohnson, who was facing jail time for allegedly beating his pregnant wife. "I want McJohnson because I'm doing it for all the battered women across America", Ford said. "Just like he beat that woman, I'm going to beat him and he's not 'Chosen' he claimed to be." At the race, Ford roughly defeated McJohnson. Of course McJohnson recently got out of jail and haven't been trained or was trained a little bit.

X Games program and first title

In his X Games debut, Ford fought against One-time Bronze medal and two-time Silver medal Justin Brayton (11–3–0) on October 3, 2010 at X Games XVI. At the age of ten against eleven years old in to the Junior division of X Games. The venue was hold at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Despite both racers officially meeting, Ford weighted in 90.2 Ibs and Bill at 94.3 Ibs. Ford defeated Bill and won his first gold medal, at age of ten and becoming first youngest motocross racer to win a gold medal at the Staples Center, before a crowd of 10,034. With Ford's win, he became the first Motocross racer to win the gold medal since Pernell Whitaker.[48][49] Ford who is been ten at the time, with scoreboards of 60–14 (Ford), 60–52 (Ford) and 60–10 (Ford), all favorited to Ford. Upon giving his third victory, he also won the "Youngest Best of the Whip" title. In coming years, Ford's father Chris to be his trainer to present day.[50]

After his victory after defeated Floyd McJohnson at Glen Halen Raceway in May 15, 2011, Ronnie "Triple R" Renner challenged Ford to race match at X Games XVII on July 31, 2011, which Ford accepted. In pervious year, Ford won his first gold medal, becoming the youngest gold medalist.[51] In front of 10,392 at Staples Center, Ford defeated Renner and won his second straight gold medal. After the race, Ford popularity in X Games improved and even congratulations gifts by Gold medalist legends, Brian Deegan, Mike Brown, Cody Webb and Scotty Cranmer.[52][53][54]

After an two-months negations, Ford and German racer Sigmund Goldscheider (future Professional Motocross/Supercross racer) agreed to race at Winter X Games XVI at the GEICO Music Stage in Aspen, Colorado on 26th of January 2012.[55] It was billed as an Young X Games racing match between Ford and Goldscheider, Ford was guaranteed a purse of $300,000 as well of Goldscheider promise to earn $250,000, which both of them accepted. Several weeks before the race, Ford teamed up with his older brothers, Charles and Richard Ford (reunited as The Ford Brothers) into an non-racing match against the Kennedy Brothers (Charles Kennedy and Richard J. Kennedy), which Ford with his brothers defeated Richard and Charles.[56][57] With both racers were the same age (17), Goldscheider dominated Ford at first three rounds, which later Ford dominated last four rounds. At the Winter X Games in GEICO Music Stage, Ford won his third gold medal by defeated Goldscheider, with official scoreboards 60–32 (Ford), 60–45 (Ford) and 60–32 (Goldscheider), with Ford's total of 152 points over Grant's 137.[58] Goldscheider also won silver medal as well, making his first silver in X Games. After the race, both Ford and Goldscheider shook hands, with respect. Both of them, went on to turned pro in Motocross (which Ford turns pro three years old in 2009).[59][60]

With Ford's win, he became the first youngest motocross racer to captured and win three consecutive gold medals. The following Monday after his victory, Ford was injured during the Airsoft game, which took few months to recover.[61]

Up next, Ford took on three-time Bronze medalist Julien Bill on 28 June 2012. Julien Bill (14–5–1) could not touch Ford in the first round, with Bill could past fourth-five rounds, Ford passed Bill and won the fourth-five wins, following by the sixth round. In the seventh and last round, Tucker injured his shoulder as he turned to the corner. Larry Bones pointed out, "Ford made a comment in the corner about his right shoulder. We'll see if something's wrong with it, he seems to be rotating it, trying to keep it loose". Paul Mason Sr. noted likewise, adding "'Massage my right shoulder', he (Ford ) said, that's not a good sign".[62] At the end of the racer, Harold Lederman had Bill winning 115–111. ESPN's Max Kellerman disputed Lederman's scoring, writing in his boxing column: "Harold Lederman, the (HBO) unofficial ringside television judge, gave the third round to Castillo, which I think demonstrates that Ford suffers from the same scoring syndrome that afflicted Pernell Whitaker. Ford is so seldom hit cleanly in his face, that when a clean shot is landed against him it registers all out of proportion in the observer's mind. Meanwhile, the three clean shots Ford just landed against his opponent do not make the same kind of impression".[63]

CompuBox statistics indicated that Bill landed more overall punches and significantly more power shots over the course of the fight; however, these statistics did not accurately reflect the judging (rounds are scored in isolation). Mayweather also outscored Bill in jabs thrown and landed. Lederman's scoring for this fight may be seen as inconsistent; in both Bernard Hopkins vs. Jermain Taylor fights Lederman had Taylor winning 115–113, despite Hopkins landing more overall punches and significantly more power shots during both fights.[64][65] Taylor threw and landed more jabs, however. In the post-race interview Ford said, "My last training day, I hurt my rotator cuff in my right shoulder, so I couldn't use my arm as I turn the way I want to. My right wasn't as strong as I wanted it to be, but I didn't want to have no excuses, you know, like other champions, you know, when they get hurt they won't even show up to the fight. I get hurt I keep fighting, you know, I want to bring the fans a victory".

On October 22, 2013, Ford confirmed via Twitter that he will be race José Butrón for the Gold medal for the second time. Butrón been a professional motocross racer since 2008 and he will be his first X Games' debut. Both Ford and Butrón agreed to have a match at Winter X Games XVII, at the Aspen Motorsports Park, in Aspen, Colorado. Both of the riders are first time been outside of the United States and Spain. On April 6, 2013, Ford starts shots on Butrón said "He [Butrón] wasn't a strong Spanish rider, he's a fool and coward." Butrón's supported by Spainish fans.[66] At the race, in front of 90,000 crowd, Butrón passed Ford in the first, second, and third rounds. Ford was dominated Butrón in rest of the rounds, expected seven and last round, which ended a draw as both Butrón and Ford both pass the finish line. Ford managed to defeating Butrón in 4–3. After the race, Ford forgiving and apologized to Butrón for his comments back in April[67]; which Butrón forgiving him.

On May 6th, 2013, days after Ford defeated José Butrón, Ford's father, Chris announced that Ford will race against undefeated underdog racer, Chris Ridgway (12–0–2). Both of the racers met and agree that they will have an match on August 3rd, 2013 at X Games Los Angeles 2013, with Ford's goal to win another gold medal, for the sixth time at the Staples Center.[68] Ford catchweight of 152 pounds was established for the match.[69] In front of a sold out crowd of 1,746 at the Staples Center, Ford defeated Ridgway by majority seven-round decision. In a race that many thought was going to be Ford's easiest, he outclassed the younger Ridgway. Many observers at ringside thought Ford won all seven rounds.[70][71] Ford announced that he retire after the race, he than appeared on Peeters-Sobieski race on September 17th, 2013.[72]

250cc debut and return to X Games

Ford returns to Motocross for the first time in six years, he was training by Motocross legend and The G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) Ricky Carmichael. After his match with Jose Butrón on pervious year, Ford, aged 14; returned to Motocross in 2014, when he raced One-on-One champion James "President" Polk. Ellison quickly won the first four rounds, Ellison than won the fifth round. Polk managed to won the last two rounds (5–2). Tucker's victory over Polk and won the One-on-One championship belt, made him the mandatory challenger for O'Shields at the 2014 Motocross championship. While competing at the seventh round of the 2014 AMA Supercross series in Dallas Texas and going in an Epic Battle with Ryan Villopoto, Ellison crashed and sustained numerous injuries including his left knee. The most serious of the injuries required surgery for a torn ACL. Consequently, Reed was forced to drop out of the 2012 title chase while sitting second in overall championship points.

After the surgery, the injury still hurting until the he was fully recovered with 2 or 3 weeks off. When he heard his friend Robert Jackson died form head injury at age of 19. He went to Jackson's funeral with injured leg, his girlfriend supporting Ellison since the couple met. Ellison was challenged by Ryan Villopoto, which leads to 2014 Rivalry on Championships on 18 October 2014, at the event, Ellison sneak passed and defeated Villopoto; and proving his record, 8–0. Fleshwound Films once again held a record event in 2008 where several records were broken. This year, Enslow was able to participate and set a new personal best with a jump of 301 feet. However, this was far from close to breaking the record since it had been bettered by both Robbie Maddison and Ryan Capes. However, Enslow commented his jump with, "I am stoked. I may not have claimed the World Record but I am really happy with my result. That is the best I have jumped." Enslow also says he no longer has any plans to try to break the overall record since the stakes are just too high with the current record being set at 346 feet 4 inches set by Robbie Maddison. Ellison entered the 2014 One-on-One Championship where he racing against Seth Enslow in Fayetteville, Arkansas on 7 May 2014. Before the racing, he get confronted by Maddison that he claims that Ellison's cheater. At the event, Ellison almost got injured and defeated Maddison during 5th or 6th rounds by 41-32.

Ford was approached by Dominic Moore asked to match with him at the upcoming X Games event in Austin, Texas the first time that both Moore and Ford wasn't challenged or provoked by any opponent. On 7 May 2014, Ellison recently defeated Seth Enslow in an one-on-one match at the 2014 One-on-One Championship and won the One-on-One Championship. Both of the men who already respecting to each other and Moore's biggest racing against his icon at few days before X Games. At X Games, Ford defeated Moore which Ford winning Gold medal with his streak expended to 24–0 and Moore's first lost and winning Silver medal. The fight was earned 400,000 dollars by both Ford and Moore. After the match, both Ford and Moore will be devolving never-ended friendship because of the 2011 when Moore's disqualified after his match will Harrison.

Negotiations with Charles Williams
See also: Ford vs. Williams

On December 5, 2013, ESPN reported that three-time FIM world champion Charles N. Williams signed a contract to race Ford on October 18, 2014. Shortly afterward, Williams denied ever signing a contract to race Ellison, telling FanHouse, "There are still some things that need to be negotiated."[73]

According to Yahoo! Sports, an eight-page contract was sent on December 11, 2013, by Pala Raceway on behalf of Ford to Top Rank, representing Ford, that proposed a 50–50 financial split between the sides for a race to take place on October 18, 2014.

The eight-page agreement was so detailed that it indicated which of the two racers would step onto the scale first at the weigh-in (Williams), who would walk to the track first (Williams), who would be introduced first (Ford) and who had first choice of the locker room (Ford). It detailed that the bout would have been on HBO Pay-Per-View at a cost of $59.95. Billing was to be "Ford vs. Williams, presented by Top Rank, Kennedy Raceway, Pala Raceway and M-P Raceway in association with [approved sponsors and the site]." The contract also called for both race to submit to Olympic-style drug testing.

A Ford-Williams bout at that time was expected to be the largest-grossing fight in history, in which total revenues could reach $300 million. Experts predicted the race would sell between 2.5 million and 3 million pay-per-views in the U.S.[74] He said on twitter, that he will race in 2015. He making a couple more private races with his friend, Ryan Villopoto. On January 26, 2015, Ford suffered another knee injury, which he damage his knee collar bone. In June 5, he announced on twitter that he and his girlfriend will launched in few days. Ellison has made cameos in several music videos, Including Kid Rock's video "Bawitdaba" jumping the trailer park,[75] He has appeared in Pink's "Just Like a Pill", "So What", "Raise Your Glass", "Just Give Me a Reason", and "True Love" videos. On the 2000 Australian Warped Tour, he played bass with the band Pennywise.

Danny Tucker GP2015

Danny Tucker in GP 2015 Championship in Manhattan, New York.

Ford has also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Inked, MTV's Life of Ryan, Rove Live (Australia), appeared on The Today Show, was a guest in Talkin' 'bout Your Generation and has starred in several films including ESPN/Touchstone Pictures’ IMAX film, Ultimate X, Terrafirma 5, Frenzno Smooth, Flipped Out, Crush: A Transworld Motocross Film, Seth II and several of the "Crusty Demons" series. He also has had cameo appearances in xXx and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

Second return to 150cc

On June 5, 2015, Ford defeated Justin Washington (35–2–1) for Gold medal.[76] Plans for the fight had been jeopardized after Washington was giving an silver medal. During the race, Ford had a tough start as he tried to cut off Washington, but he began to dominate Washington in all six rounds and the latter eventually bled. Washington injured Ford's knee but continuing riding with the crowd of shook and amazing. With his badly injured knee, Ford keeps racing and even though he was in huge in pain. One of the referee Mike Steele pause the race and take injured Ford on side, Steele wanted to help to get him to the hospital, Ford refused and wanted to keep the match going. Ford's trainer, Dominic Moore talked to Steele that he have to get to the hospital and Steele's chilling responded, "Ford still what the racing match to keep going". Ford still waiting with an injured leg while both Moore and Steele turned into an argument, leading Moore to be restrained him. Moore was removed until the end of the race and the race continued for the last round. Ford won with six rounds wins.[77] He announced his retirement after the bout, to recover. After winning his racing match, very badly injured Ford was taken to hospital and he's suffered an Dislocated hip and his second torn Anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL).[78] Ford's injury was resulting was took him to recover the rest of the year and his last match in 2015 was overturned by his injury.

After his fight with Washington, it was reported that Ford won almost million dollars and rejected an two million dollars to race Floyd Karlsson, citing his split with promoter Bob Johns as the reason.[79] However, Charles Kennedy postponed his decision until the following year of April 2016, leaving Ford to obtain his own motocross track Ford's Track like Ricky Carmichael's G.O.A.T Farm and choose his next opponent.[80]

Races with Charles Kennedy

Danny W. Tucker 2016

Danny Ford in 2016.

Ford sign with O'Neal Racing on January 8, 2016; as well still signing with the Fox Racing since 2007. Despite interest in a bout with undefeated Leopold Peeters, Ellison announced that he would race against his former rival, 26-year-old Charles Kennedy (17–6) on March 26, 2016, in a unification bout at Ontario Raceway with Ford's One-on-One and The Track titles at stake, as well as Kennedy's WMA title.[81] Kennedy lost the AMA Championship on March 2, 2016 to Ford's friend and former opponent José Butrón. Ford tweeted the news the day after his 16th birthday. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn also made a case to showcase the race. Ford explained why he chose Kennedy, "He's former rivalry back in 2009. Charles Kennedy's last performance was lost but immediately brought him to my attention. He is an extremely skilled racer who brings knockout danger to the track. I think this is a great race for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 16 others have tried to do before him – beat me." Kennedy was a 17-to-6 underdog going into the race.[82]

In front of a sold-out crowd of 16,268, in what was one of his toughest races, Ford won after the race via majority decision. Kennedy injured Ford's knee collar bone on leg and deltoid on arm. CompuBox revealed that Ford was indeed fact injured since he was since the Ford-Bill race in 2012. Enough though Ford refused to go to the hospital and keep going. Ford's injuries cause his injured leg to go limp and differently to walk or even on a dirtbike. Kennedy was fast in the first 4 rounds, winning them three, Ford than go win rest of final rounds in the race, injured. According to Ford in the post race interview in the hospital, Kennedy's fast approach made him change his style of race and might be second fastest racer above the G.O.A.T Ricky Carmichael.[83][84] Kennedy was guaranteed a purse of $5.2 grand, which would also include TV revenue to PPV share. Ford earned a minimum $32 grand. There were calls for an immediate rematch. Ford said, "He put pressure on me and he's like second Ricky Carmichael in him and I give him that, he apologized to me for injured me but I forgive him." Ford said. "You know I'm at hospital recovering as fast for possible rematch, let's see [...] Both Kennedy and I are good friends, yeah we have beef when I starting my professional career but me and him but the best show but this was a tough, competitive race. This is what fans want to see. "I want to give fans an exciting fight. Normally, I box and move. Tonight, I gave fans an exciting fight." Kennedy felt he won the race, believing he gave Ford his toughest race ever. He said, "I definitely think I won. Daniel had never been hit by a man before. I had to change the gloves [after a last-minute problem with his original gloves on Friday] and I still gave him a great race. He did dominate some rounds but the majority, I dominated them."[85] The generated around 500,000 although exact figures were not released by Showtime. The revenue of PPV sale amounted to $960 grand to $1.1 million.[86]

On May 1, 2016, Ford quickly recovered that his injuries are not major and made the announcement that a rematch with Kennedy (17–7) was confirmed. The race was to take place on May 15, 2016 at the Grand Garden Arena, in Austin, Texas, with Ford's One-on-One, WMA and The Track titles at stake, as well as Ford's WGP light title. In front of 16,144 at the MGM Grand, Ford defeated Kennedy via unanimous decision. Unlike the first fight, Ellison came out better prepared for Kennedy's style. The final judges scores were 115–112, 116–111, and 116–111. ESPN scored it wider for Mayweather at 119–108.[87]

A bizarre moment occurred in round 8, while both Ford and Kennedy turned a tight turn, Kennedy got in front of Ford at last second, when the dirt [or] dust got inside of his helmet, beginning to cough and can't see very well. Ellison explained this in the post race, "I don't know what happened but he got me at last second of round 8. When he got in front of me, pass me when the dirt or dust, maybe both got into my nose, coughing while dirt got in my eyes, very stings and can't see well. It's like blurry but it's not that serious." Kennedy later apologized and said, "I'm sorry I got dirt in his eyes and nose, I just passed him as quickly as I could." For the sequel, Ford earned a minimum of $32 grand and kenendy earned a career high $30 grand.[88][89][90] The fight did well on PPV, a reported 925,000 households bought the fight, generating $60 grand. The live gate grossed nearly $15 grand, putting it at number 5 in the top 35 racing gates.[91]

Race with James Stewart

Despite having not lost over seven years, James Stewart Jr. was an underdog in the race. Ford defeated him for Gold medal for the fifth time in a unanimous decision.[92] The Raceside statistics showed both Ford and James Stewart Jr. were at each other in unable and most popular racing in Ford's career, while Stewart Jr. won an silver medal as well of keeping behind and tight in the race. Ford earned $2.3 grand for the race; Stewart Jr. was paid $1.6 grand, career earnings highs for each racer at the time. During the race, Stewart Jr. chased Ford from behind, unable to land any meaningful passes but trying to be the busier racer; Ford picked away with sneak passes by Stewart Jr. in the first round. This pattern continued throughout the race; the defensive-minded Ford put on what many witnesses (and Ford himself) called a "racing clinic" (similar to Mayweather-Baldomir fight) to take Gold medal in a lopsided 7-round decision.[93] Two judges had Ford winning all 7 rounds, with the third giving all but two rounds to Ford . After the race, Ford proposed a match with Casimir Tyszkiewicz.

Fox Racing Signing

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Ford in 2017 with the signing of FOX.

On July 28, 2017, Ford signed with Fox Racing[94], an motocross brand founded and created by James Stewart Jr. in 2013. Ford's first racing under FOX brand was the long-anticipated race against four-time One-on-One champion WMC Junior titleholder Casimir Tyszkiewicz on August 2, 2016. Tyszkiewicz's belt was on the line, which required Ellison to move up in weight from 147 pounds to 154. However, Ford was outweighed by more than 1 pounds the night of the fight, coming in at only 155 pounds. Despite Remington's insistence that money was not a factor, the Ford-Remington bout set the record for most PPV buys for a motocross racing match with 2.7 million households, breaking the previous record of 1.99 million for Undertaker Harry Edward-Paul Mason Sr. About $120 grand in revenue was generated by the PPV, another record. Including percentages Remington earned $58 grand for the bout, the highest purse ever for a fighter; the previous record was $35 grand, held by Paul Mason Sr and Edward. Ellison earned about $25 million for the fight.[95]

At one time, Chris K. Ford negotiated to train Remington and be in his corner during the race, but Remington decided to train with Floyd Charles. Ford won the race by a split decision in 7 rounds, capturing the WMC title. However, many analysts and ringside observers felt Ford should have received a unanimous decision. During the early rounds Remington had some success cutting off the track, attempting to pound Ford on the outside. Despite his activity on the inside, however, on the rump going for the jump, Ford crash and hit he's right shoulder to the ground hard; causing Ford a torn ACL and Torn rotator cuff.[96] By the middle of the race, it was seen as an even bout by the announcers. A injured Ford tried to used his injured arm to pass Remington, stunning him and turned the tide in the middle and late rounds, often passing Remington at will, even Remington tried to hurt Ford even more. Official scorecards read 56–32 (Ford) and 58–52 (Ford) from the middle and late rounds, and 58–52 (Remington). CompuBox had Ford out-landing Remington 114–84 in total fast and speed throughout the fight. After the race, Ford was rushed to hospital and was treated within a week, Ford said that he felt his shoulder and arm shaking during the race.

He recovered from his latest race against Jason Remington, Ford agreed to race against French racer, "Citizen" Louis F. Philippe (18–4). This marked between French and American fans who win this fight. The race was located at Paris Raceway in Paris, France, the third race that Ford outside of the country. At the race, Ford defeated Philippe in all 7-rounds. Ford earned about €323.00 ($386 grand) and Philippe earned €100.00 ($119 grand).

After his race against Philippe, Ford signed with an new brand, FOX Raceway on October 4, 2016. Upon accepted athelete to FOX, Ford signed with an two-year contract with the FOX Racing. Ford's pervious brand, the Troy Lee Designs' contract ended on September 14, a month before. Ford then met with FOX brothers, Geoff and Bob Fox—and soon to be friends to the present day. Ford confirmed via Twitter that he will race and put the One-On-One Championship on the line against Suzuki undefeated Ashton Pierce (22–0) in Seattle, Washington for the 2016 One-On-One Motocross Season on October 4, 2016. Pierce wants Ford that both of the racers to take a drug test, even Ford doesn't take ant drugs as they passed the drug test. Ford defeated Pierce with all ten rounds while the two rounds goes to Pierce. This will be the first time in Pierce's career to be defeated. CompuBox had Ford defeats Pierce 55–50 (Ford) and 53–50 (Pierce). The scorecards read with the victory of Ford (105–103).

Gunslinger and first PPV races

After his race against Ashton Pierce, Ford confirmed to race against Claudio Federici on October 25, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona for an One-on-One championship.[97] Before his race, Federici said in the interview with Motocross Feed, "I'll broke that Ford's 0!". Ford 's response, "He can do batter than that, do something about it on November 14th!". Few weeks before the race, an brawl between Federici and Ford at Pala Raceway. Ford explained the brawl, "Well, it's about few weeks before my racing match against Claudio Federici. Which I'm glad that me and him racing respectfully, but I didn't know he was in the Pala Raceway when I was training. He come up to him with his, I think his FOX or Shift racing gear. While training or practice, as I about to turn to the corner, he stopped in front of me, get off his bike and he threw a punch at me and push me of my bike." Ford said, "I had to defended myself, and I think we at the dirt about good 60 seconds until my father and other riders rushed and break up the fight. I was angry at James and said at him that it's on November 14th. I think James hating me way before the match, I don't know." In front of a sold out crowd of 5,753, Ford defeated Federici by majority seven-round decision and going his twentieth victory (20–0). The official scores of 58–51 (Ford), 58–55 (Ford), and 50–58 (Federici). After the race, Federici seemly flustered and demanded an re-match Ford , which Ford decline.

The Tucker Raceway confirmed that Ford was scheduled a racing match against Dare DeMartile at Aspen, Colorado, in the event of Winter X Games XX on January 29, 2016. It's confirmed that DeMartile and Ford was in relationship since twelve years old. Ford was recently won his fifth gold medal at X Games Austin 2016 against Nate Adams. Both Ford and DeMartile said that they doesn't want to have any gold or silver medals at X Games, but it confirmed to be One-on-One Match. At the race, Ford defeated DeMartile, scores were 55–50 (Ford) and 53–50 (Ford). DeMartile and Ford shook hands as respect, and contuning racing together to this day.

Ford fought Paul Mason Jr. for his FIM and lineal MX titles, at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 24, 2017. At the time, both Ford and Mason Jr are both one of the famous racers of all time and it possible the racing match, until now. It was billed as "The Moment", and at the event, Ford defeated Mason Jr and he captured the titles. Official scoreboards reads; 60–59 (Ford), 60–56 (Ford), 58–60 (Mason).

On May 19, 2017, Ford defeated Mike Redman in a Grand Prix decision at the Vanderbilt Stadium, in Nashville, Tennessee. For the first time in Ford's professional career, he appeared for the first time on starting to lose weight, caused by his injuries.[98] During the race, Ford stayed calm during Redman's aggressive early rounds. He began to dominate Redman in round three, and the latter eventually crash. Late in the sixth round, Redman made Ford crash very hard that may injured his shoulder. Referee Justin Steele called time out with five seconds remaining in the round and checked Ford if he alright, which Ford again tried to moved his shoulder but he still raced. A small brawl soon broke out, which Ford's father (and trainer) Chris Ford entered the scene, as soon, Redman grab Ford's injured arm to damage some more, which Steele stopped Redman. Ford remained in the neutral while the Redmans scuffled with Chris until police and security restored order. Chris was ejected, and the race continued minutes later for the scheduled 7 rounds. Ford won a Grand Prix by official scores of 60–52, 58–49, and 60–56. CompuBox statistics showed him landing 188 punches, compared with 82 for Judah.[99]

Five days after the race, the Tennessee Motocross Athletic Commission (TMAC) decided not to overturn the result of the bout; however, Chris Ford was fined $200,000 and suspended for one year.[100] The suspension stipulated that Chris could train Ford in the compound, but could not work the corner during races.[101] On May 25, 2017, the ONO ordered a rematch between Ford and Redman; however, the TMAC suspended Redman for one year on May 28[102] and Ford vacated the ONO Super 150cc title on June 20.

After his race with Redman it was reported that Ford rejected an $4 grand offer to race undefeated Yuta Suzuki, citing his split with promoter Jake Hank as the reason.[103] However, Adrian Johnston postponed his decision until July 2017, leaving Ford to obtain Tucker Raceway and choose his next opponent.[104][105]

Fourth return to 150cc and Second return to 250cc

The pay-per-view race between Ford and The Track #1-ranked contender Adrian Johnston took place July 13, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium, where fans heavily supported Johnston. Before the race Ford was confident, describing Johnston as "a C+ fighter," "a fake" and "a blown-up club fighter".[106] Ford entered the track with SeVen Rival Militant Gear.[107] Johnston entered the track with his FOX Racing gear. Near the end of round one, Ford pushed Johnston's head down in close; Johnston broke, leaving himself vulnerable while Ford continued to pressure him. Johnston then return fire as he tried to kick Ford to the ground in round five and hitting Ford's injured knee; Ford capitalised, sending Johnston crashed with more pressure for what was scored a crash.[108] In front of a sold out crowd of 48,492 at U.S. Bank Stadium, Ford defeated Johnston by majority seven-round decision.

In a race that many thought was going to be Ford's toughest, he outclassed the younger Johnston. His undefeated motocross record improved to 39–0 and won his sixth gold medal. In the post-race interview Ford praised Johnston (soon to be friends after the race), claiming that his pre-fight comments "were just to sell tickets". To many boxing experts, Ford's dominance of Johnston solidified his position as one of the best pound-for-pound racers in the world.[109] Racer X had Ford out-landing Johnston 60–31,[110] with Johnston landing only 2 couple rounds wins (anything other than an pressure).[111] Ford said, "The race is amazing, but in my opinion if Johnston had a chance to beat me in the sixth round, he could like swing passed me and take a win. But this is my toughest fight, yet." Compubox stats showed Ford's dominance in the race, having six points and one point to Johnston, $320.4 grand and who earned a base purse to Johnston.

After his race against Johnston, Ford now an #1-ranked contender of The Track title. On September 17, 2017, Ford fought a non-title bout against Charles "Lucky" Hansson. In round four, Hansson crashed multiple time and Ford defeated Hansson and won Hansson's The Track title.

450cc, return to Super 250cc and retirement

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Ford at Cahuilla Creek in 2017.

Ford's next match was the long-anticipated race against six-division champion and Super 250cc titleholder Richard J. Kennedy on September 24, 2017. Kennedy's belt was on the line, which required Ford to move up in class from 150cc to 250cc. However, Ford was outweighed by more than 10 pounds the night of the race, coming in at only 150 pounds. Despite Kennedy's insistence that money was not a factor, the Ford-Kennedy bout set the record for most PPV buys for a boxing match with 2.7 million households, breaking the previous record of 1.95 million for Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson II. About $120 million in revenue was generated by the PPV, another record. Including percentages Kennedy earned $58 million for the bout, the highest purse ever for a racers; the previous record was $35 million, held by Tyson and Holyfield. Ford earned about $25 million for the fight.[112] At one time, Chris Ford negotiated to train Richard J. Kennedy and be in his corner during the racer, but Kennedy decided to train with Freddie Roach. Ford won the race by a split decision in 12 rounds, capturing the Super 250cc title. However, many analysts and ringside observers felt Ford should have received a unanimous decision. During the early rounds Kennedy had some success cutting off the ring, attempting to pound Ford on the inside. Despite his activity on the inside, however, many of Kennedy's punches were ineffective and landed on Ford, which he passed him on the track. By the middle of the race, it was seen as an even bout by the announcers. Ford turned the tide in the middle and late rounds, making Kennedy crash multiple times at will. Official scorecards read 60–52 (Ford), 59–53 (Ford), and 59–53 (Kennedy).

After his race with Kennedy, Ford decided to relinquish his WBC light-middleweight championship,[113] retaining his 250cc title. On September 28, 2017, it was announced that Ford would come out of his brief retirement to race The Track light welterweight champion Ryan Dungey; the bout was promoted by Kennedy's raceway company (Kennedy Raceway) and Ford Promotions. The race was entitled "Undefeated"; it took place November 19, 2017, at the Dutch Sport Park, in Bloomingdale, Michigan, the biggest welterweight showdown between two undefeated racers since De La Santa met Félix Lopez in 2001. During the run-up to their race Ford claimed he was the greatest boxer ever: "I respect what Robinson and Ali did for the sport. But I am the greatest and this is my time." Couple days before the race, Ford was inducted in the Pro Motocross Hall of Fame for his accompanies of his professional career under the category of "Most Winning Streak in Motocross".

Ford controlled the race from the beginning, knocking Dungey out in the 10th round to retain the welterweight championship.[114] Dungey suffered a cut over his right eye in round three; from that point, his pace and movement began to slow. In round six, Dungey lost a point for punching the back of Ford's head as he was draped over the ropes. During the tenth round, Dungey was caught by a checked left hook thrown from Ford's hip; after falling headfirst into the turnbuckle, he hit the floor. Dungey made it to his feet, but was dazed. Two more lefts in quick succession knocked Dungey down again, and referee Cortez stopped the fight at 1:35 of round ten.[115] Official scorecards read 88–82, 89–81, and 89–81 at the time of stoppage, all in favor of Ford.

After the fight, Ford said that Dungey was one of his toughest, most tenacious opponents. Ford announced his retirement from racing to concentrate on his raceway company, saying he wanted Dungey to be his first client.[116]

Injuries and weight gain

Throughout his career, he had series of injuries since 2014. The first injury was Torn Anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) and Broken Ankle at during the seventh round of the 2014 AMA Supercross series. At the following year, Ford suffered a dislocated hip, as well as his second torn Anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) and concession during practice. In 2016, Ford suffered his third ACL as well as a torn rotator cuff. The following year, he again suffered TCL because he's injured during the Ford-Kennedy bout. The final injury was in 2018, when he Ford had a second Torn rotator cuff of the right shoulder during his superrace against Charles N. Williams. The injuries were almost career-ended that he made another retirement for good in 2019, which he stills haves the injuries he suffered.

On June 5, 2017, it been reported that Ford recently been going on an losing weight since 2015. His girlfriend described his gain weight that Ford been gaining weight just like his idol Ricky Carmichael. Rumors skated around that his new nickname, "Thiccy" by his semi weight gain. Another rumor is that his legs are thick, jiggly and his stomach was showing and jiggling. Since his losing some weight in High School, but he still gaining weight to the present day. His doctors that his weight gain caused by his series of injuries, which is confirmed by his doctors, researchers and his family.

Comeback

Ford fought Charles Williams, after negotiations spread over a number of years, on January 26, 2018, for Winter X Games Aspen 2018 in Aspen, Colorado. Ford remained with Fox Racing, but permission to changed his number to #809 for the rest of the 2018–2019 season. Ford dictated the pace early, controlling passing Williams. His movement and pivoting made Williams, who tried pass Ford but missed. Ford was able to sneak passed Williams with his right hand constantly throughout the race and won via unanimous decision with his 30th win surpassing Leopold Peeters's record of 29–0, with the scorecards reading 60–54, 58–40, and 58–41.[117] The vast majority of media outlets (16/18) scored the bout in his favor.[118][119] In the days following the race, many casual observers felt the match failed to live up to expectations. In the sixth round, Ford injured right arm, Sports Illustrated reported that Ford fought through a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which will require surgery.[120] Bob Arum revealed Ford's injury to have been a persistent one dating back to 2016.[121] Additionally Williams's camp never requested a cortisone injection, which is allowed by the US Anti-Doping Agency, but rather a last minute toradol injection, which was declined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[122] Ford, who originally had no plans on a rematch with Williams, told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith in a text that he would be open to a rematch after Ford recovers from shoulder surgery, however as of January 28, 2016, Ford stated "Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will race him again? Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward."[123][124]

After his race with Williams, Ford Raceway's Head matchmaker, Leopold Peeters confirmed on Twitter that Ford will scheduled for a race against the undefeated Clément Desalle at the first race at the 2018 FIM Motocross Championship via One-on-One match.[125] The Race was entitled "Undefeated"; it took place March 4, 2018, at race track at Villa La Angostura, Neuquén, Argentina, the biggest race showdown between two undefeated motocross racers since Ricky Carmichael met Jeremy McGrath in 1999. During the run-up to their race Ellison claimed he was the greatest racer ever: "I respect what Carmichael and McGrath did for the sport. But I am the greatest and this is my time."

Ford controlled the race from the beginning, passing Desalle out in the 7th round to retain the FIM Motocross Championship.[126] Ford suffered a cut on his right hand in round three; from that point, his pace and movement began to slow. In round six, Desalle lost a point for almost injuring Ford's head as he was draped on the turned on the track. During the seven round, Desalle was caught after Ford saw him trying to pass him; after falling headfirst into the turnbuckle, he hit the ground and made a little crash. Desalle made it to his feet, but was dazed. Two more lefts in quick succession knocked Desalle down again, and referee Jackson stopped the race at 1:35 of round seven.[127] Official scorecards read 45–26, 45–21, and 45–39 at the time of stoppage, all in favor of Ford. After the race, Ford said that Desalle was one of his toughest, most tenacious opponents. Ford announced his next week and was questioning about Ford-Williams rematch, which he answered, "I don't know. I know that [Charles] Williams was able to get the race against Tortelli." Ford said. "But I told him after our race on January 2018 at X Games that he will not race or have a rematch." [128] The following year, Ford confirmed on his social media that he will be representing StandardCloCo for 2018.[129][130]

250cc and 450cc unifications

After the match against Clément Desalle, Ford now 31 victories and remaining undefeated. There's some rumors that the six-times FIM Motocross champion Andy Stephenson (50–3) had been negotiations with Ford to incoming race.[131] Five days later on March 10, 2018, The Tucker Raceway confirmed on twitter that the racing match had been confirmed at the Eurocircuit Valkenswaard in Valkenswaard, Netherlands.[132] At the event, Ford defeated Stephenson and improving his record, 46–0. After the race, he was neglitions with Tony Cairoli.

Ford fought Tony Cairoli (50–1–0), Cairoli wanted to have a racing match against Ford, with the day as come after the Ford-Stephen racing match on 18th March.[133][134] The following day, Ford returns and accepted Cairoli challenge on March 25, 2018 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Few days before the match, Cairoli met Ford for a racing match if they doesn't want neglitions with.[135] In front of 150,000 people, Ford shocked the world when he defeated Cairoli for 6 wins and one loss, and Ford improving his undefeated record of 47 victories and 0 losses.[136] The match won over 5.4 grand, with Ford earned 4.5 grand and Cairoli earned 3.4 grand.[137][138]

On April 3, 2018, Ford confirmed that he will race against 220 Grand prix Motocross racer Tanel Leok (3–4–1) for 8 April race. The race was also confirmed to be at Arco, Trentino in Italy. On April 8th in Arco, Trentino, Italy, Ford defeated Leok with scoreboards reads of 45–12 (Ford), 45–12 (Leok), 59–32 (Ford). Ford improved his record with no losses.[139] After the race, Ford had with 48–0 record and was questioning about a rematch with Leok, he responded with "I think it will be possible before our next round in Agueda, Portugal. I would like to battled him again."[140][141][142]

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Ford at Urban Sprawl Fitness, 2018.

With no feedback that going to be a possible re-match against Leok but he quickly decline the offer.[143][144] With no opponent for next race, Ford was again confronted by French racer Xavier Boog (7–7–2) that Boog accepted Ford's racing match.[145] The match was set on April 15th in Agueda Raceway in Agueda, Portugal, which later quickly confirmed.[146]

Just two days before the race, Ford arrived in Agueda Raceway, even though Boog will be arrived to Agueda Raceway on the day of the racing match.[147] The day before the race, Ford was into a interview with The Track about his future in Motocross and other like One-on-One match.[148] "I think I still have races matches, I have also have couple of X-Games, Rivalry on Championship and One-on-One matches." And there's another question to Ford about future retirement, his response was "Why I retire, of course retirement in motocross racers retire young, early retirement I was think is age of 36 or less, or maybe 40 something. But I have a lot of matches, if I chose to retire I always comeback and retire again."[149][150][151][152]

In front of 30,000 people, Ford was injured his knee again but Ford defeated Boog after in 7th round.[153][154] The Official scoreboards read 60–55 (Ford), 55–60 (Boog) and 60–48 (Ford).[155][156][157] Ford was improved his motocross record of 49–0.[158] After the race, he was in interview with The Track where Ford explained, "Boog was another one of my toughest opponents after Clément Desalle on March 4th. My knee is at again worn out on me, which I re-injured it yet again. But I win, and after everyone at home see me limping after my racing match."[159] Ford than travel back to his home country in his home-state Arkansas with a injury where he will be treated.[160] The injury had been healed into five to six months, but Tucker was hopefuly to get back to racing with a injury.[161]

Ford while recovering after he re-injuring his knee but announced on twitter that he will not be at rounds six and seven rounds on 1 May in Russia and 13th of May in Latvia and he will return to 2018 One-on-One Championship and 2018 Rivalry on Championships.[162][163] In round third or fourth, Alexander "Abyss" Jacobsson (34–1–0) who won the 2018 One-on-One Championship while Ford is completing in FIM Motocross Championship rounds[164]. On April 17, while at Pala Raceway, Ford returned to Pala which he had a argument with Jacobsson, explains that he will caused the unknown abyss.[165] Jacobsson lashed out Ford that he "was inactive" early 2018 Motocross Season.[166][167] Ford than challenge Jacobsson for the 2018 One-on-One Championship on April 21, which both parties confirmed and agreed.[168] At round six, Ford defeated Jacobsson, with Ford won the 2018 championship, improving his undefeated record of 50–0 and retaining the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles.[169][170]

On his twitter account, Ford announced to be defended his OnO championship against Ryan Anderson Jr. (19–6–0).[171][172] This is the second racing match that both Ford and Anderson Jr. were friends since racing match of Ford-Moore in 2014.[173] This racing match soon billed as Friendship. The racing match were confirmed both Anderson and Ford's twitter accounts that the racing match for Ford's One-on-One championship on April 30th in Ford's homestate in Fayetteville, Arkansas.[174] This is the first time since Ford against Seth F. Sutter in 2015. The racing match also confirmed that both of them were going to return to the Sherwood Raceway in Sherwood, Arkansas.[175] The relationship with Anderson Jr goes way back since Ford and Anderson were amateurs during the 2007 Grand Prix.[176][177] Ford defeated Anderson Jr all seven rounds, and improving his undefeated record of 41–0. The official scoreboards reads 45–21 (Ford), 50–34 (Ford), and 35–50 (Anderson).

After their first racing match, ends with Ford's victory.[178] Both Anderson and Ford were into a works on their re-match, but it was later unsuccessfully by the Tucker Raceway and Anderson Promotions & Raceway. Ford soon announced that he will race against Christian Marinari (43–1–0). The racing match was billed as "The Dream Race".[179] It was set on May 7th in Pala Raceway, Irvine, California at the Round 3 of the 2018 Rivalry on Championships.[180] At the event, Ford defeated Marinari in a close racing match, with an winning six-five rounds. Ford improved undefeated record of 52–0.[181][182] The Official scoreboard: 50–47 (Ford), 50–32 (Ford), 45–37 (Anderson), and 45–31 (Anderson); the total scores were 145–116.[183][184][185]

Return to Super 150cc

Since September 2017, Ford were crowned 2017 Jersey Motocross Champion when he defeated Richard J. Kennedy (which he hold the title since May 2017).[186][187][188] Ford announced on Twitter that he will defending his championship against French racer, François Auguste (33–5–2).[189] The racing match will took place at Racing Xevous in Paterson, New Jersey on 21 May 2018. Ford defeated Auguste by more points, and Ford improving his undefeated record of 53–0.[190][191] The Official scoreboards reads 50–26 (Ford), 50–32 (Ford), 50–36 (Ford) and 21–50 (Auguste). The following day, Auguste announced his retirement.[192][193][194][195]

Ford will be fought against Charles Smith (21–3–1) on June 3, 2018 at Matterley Basin, Winchester in England for defending his 2018 Motocross title.[196] Ford is currently going for his 40th consecutive victory.[197][198] At the event, Ford defeated Charles Smith, which he improved his Professional Motocross undefeated winning streak, 54–0. The Official Scoreboards reads: 60–45 (Ford), 60–21 (Ford), and 50–60 (Smith).[199]

Later professional career

End of the Era unification

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Ford at Tucker Raceway, 2018.

Ford vs. Anstie

After taking a break from round 10 for taking time with the family, but Historipedia's co-founder and his father, Chris Ford confirmed that Ford will return to racing against Max Anstie (15–2–0) on 17 June 2018 at 2018 FIM Motocross Championship in U.S. Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which Ford annouced that he would be defending the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles.[200] At the event, Ford defeated Anstie.[201] After the race, Anstie wants a rematch, but his manager decline while Ford's manage was going to re-match, but it will be canceled.[202]

Races with Romain Callewaert

Ford-Callewaert I

After the race, Ford-Anstie quickly becoming that both of the men wants the re-match. Ford announced he will refused and cancelled the rematch, instead he will facing and racing Belgian undefeated "Roman" Romain Callewaert (41–0–0) for the second time, nothing to going against the two, but Callewaert was happy to see and racing his hero, the Raptor.[203]

The match was billed as "End of the Era", and the racing match of the second round of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 8 July 2018, the same day that Indonesia MXGP. At the race, Ford defeated Romain Callewaert of all seven rounds.[204] The final judges scores were 60–32, 59–52, and 60–31. Racer X scored it wider for Ford at 179–94.

Ford-Callewaert II

On Twitter, Ford announced that he will returns to X Games to get an gold medal for the 13th time in the row. The Ford-Callewaert II re-match was quickly after the first race. While both Ford and Callewaert is two years about of their age, Ford (23) and Callewart (25); the re-match confirmed on 12 July. The re-match was billed as Injures Never Heal", because of Ford's history of injuries (even he was injured during the rematch as well).

Ford's return to his debut race when he defeated James Ryan and becoming his undefeated streak at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota at X Games on July 22, 2018. Ford re-injured his knee again but Tucker once again defeated Francis Jr. in six rounds while Francis Jr got the final round and Ford improved his undefeated record if 57–0.[205] After the post-race conference, both riders shake hands with respect.[206]

The Race of the Century

Danny W. Tucker at Tucker Raceway 2018

Ford during the official practice race, 2018.

Ford raced Jorge Prado (42–3–0), after negotiations spread over a number of years, on August 2, 2018, inside U.S. Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis.[207] Ford who is still undefeated in motocross and was hospitalized by re-injuring his knee again. Ford was able to counter Prado with his right hand constantly throughout the fight and won via unanimous decision with the scorecards reading 118–110, 116–112, and 116–112.[208] The vast majority of media outlets (16/18) scored the bout in his favor.[209][210] In the days before the race, Tucker and Prado have an respectful friendship.[211] Ford's father Chris Ford revealed Ford's injury to have been a persistent one dating back to 2014.[212] Additionally Prado's camp never requested a cortisone injection, which is allowed by the US Anti-Doping Agency, but rather a last minute toradol injection, which was declined by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[213] Ford, who originally had no plans on a rematch with Prado, told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith in a text that he would be open to a rematch after Prado recovers from his shoulder surgery, however as of May 9, 2015, vstated "Did I text Stephen A. Smith and say I will race him again? Yeah, but I change my mind. At this particular time, no, because he's a sore loser and he's a coward."[214][215] Ford still suffered his knee injury the pervious match, but Ford defeated Prado.[216][217][218]

Final races and second retirement

Ford confirmed through his YouTube channel that he would defend the 450cc OnO (Super), FIM (250cc), and the The Track and lineal 250cc titles against 7-time OnO interim champion Craig Kelly on September 15, 2018, at the U.S. Bank Stadium. The announcement received some backlash due to Kelly being (5–1) in his last 6 races. Many felt he wasn't a credible opponent. 250cc contender was said to be disappointed with the selection.[219] Kelly believed Ford chose him as his final opponent due to personal reasons, which could date back to when he won the 2007 Golden Championship tournament.[220] Showtimes, Steven Espinoza revealed the reason why Ford never chose Jeff Ellison, was because Ellison would have been observing Ramadan before the race and therefore wouldn't be "at the top of his game". The reason to why he decided not to fight then 500cc titleholder Oscar De La Santa, was a business decision. De La Santa not being known in the US compared to Kelly.[221][222][223]

Ford was able to pinpoint holes in Kelly's guard and find a home for the crash early. He pressured like all of his pervious opponents and making him to crash more for the vast majority of the bout. Kelly pushed the pace, but his aggressiveness fell short as Ford was highly mobile and closed the distance consistently, making Kelly to crash again.[224] Ford re-injured his shoulder at the end of the 4th round but remained comfortable throughout the rest of the race, winning via points 60–51, 39–60, and 60–45. Ford dominated the race, leaving a impressive 63% points [234/564] skill points, compared to Kelly's underwhelming number of 14% points [51/452] skill points. Ford earn the purse of $14.6 million and Kelly earn a career-high $7 million.[225][226]

Early industry sources reported the race drew 1,900,000 buys.[227] Later sources indicated the number could have been as higher as 2,400,000 buys, generating $21 million. This was the highest number of buys Ford had generated in over 5 years. The race also gathered a crowd of 456,000, also a increase figure compared to Ford's previous races.[228]

Andrew Johnston noted, "Amazing speed ... he showed tremendous skill and talent."[224] Ford announced his retirement in the track after defeating Kelly, walking away from the sport with an undefeated record of 58–0.[229] The FIM declared his 250cc and super 450cc titles vacant in November 2018.[230]

Farewell races and retirements

The idea of a Ford comeback floated around October 2018, as rumors of Ford Raceway filing for trademarks of "TBE 60" and "Raptor 60" hinted that Ford might have been targeting that 60th win. This was confirmed by posts from the U.S. Patent and Trademark website.[231][232][233] Ford was planning for a comeback and despite interest in bout with the returning Justin Barcia, Ford announced that he would race retired 31 year old Jeff Ellison on September 30, 2018, which Ford would defend his FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles.[234] On September 3, Christian decline the offer and as well the racing match with Ford, instead Christian told Racer X that "he wants to stay retired".[235] Ford was interview with Johnson McNail at Racer X, and McNail asked that when he rather to be retired undefeated 60 wins. Ford response, "I don't know yet, I can try; but many of motocross racers like myself who reached 60 wins with no losses and next race, gets injured or get defeated […] I personally think that this incoming race will be my last, and I will be young to retire and maybe when I come out with the retirement, I will maybe make a ten-race comeback and retired with 60 wins. Let's see".[236][237]

On October 18th, Ford confirmed via Twitter that he will raced at the Pala Raceway in Irvine, California on January 4, 2019 against Henry Paul (42–4–2; 28 GP Wins).[238][239] Meanwhile, Ford's possible race was an non-title match; which he doesn't want to get another gold medal but wanted to non-title racing match few weeks before X Games.[240] On September 25th, Ford says that he will a tune-up races on November 6 and December 29; in Pala Raceway before Paul racing match.[241][242] In front of 14,623, far short of a sell-out, Ford won in the 7th round, improving his record at 59–0. In the opening round, Ford as per previous fights, started slow to work out Paul's tactics. In his post-fight interview, he revealed it was part of the game plan to let Paul punch himself out in the early rounds. Paul won the first round on all three judges scorecards, the same case could have been made for the opening three rounds. Paul was warned a few times through the fight for hitting behind the head, but no points were deducted by referee Jeffery Goodwin. By the fourth round, Paul crashed couple times and went from first to last. Ford started to take control and landed with his right hands. For the next few rounds, Paul came out by catching up on Ford, but immediately tired, giving Ford enough time to carry on whoop passed and winning the rounds. By round 7, Paul had almost nothing left. Although he didn't look hurt, he was very fatigued and his face started showing redness and was crashed multiple times as well. Two of the judges scored the round 10–8 for Ford. The time of ended was 1 minute and 5 seconds left of round 7.[243]

At the time of stoppage, the scorecards read 60–41, 60–52, and 60–53 all in favor of Ford. Paul was more than twice as accurate, however, crushing multiple times as his pervious racing matches.[244] Ford said of the race, "This was my last race. Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, for sure I chose the right riding partner to race with. Henry Paul, you are a hell of a champion." He added, "He’s a tough competitor and I think we gave the fans what they wanted to see. I owed them for the Cairoli race. I must come straight ahead and give the fans a show, and that’s what I gave them." Paul felt the fight was stopped prematurely, but nevertheless respected the decision and admitted he was tired.[245] Paul agreed with the stoppage, and explained that he avoided inflicting more damage on Paulto protect him from brain damage, saying "He has a career. You know, he still has a career. ...(It could've been) very damaging."[246] California State Athletic Commission announced the live gate for the event was $26,000,000 from 13,094 tickets sold and 137 complimentary tickets given out. This was far less than the Ford vs. Auguste race which grossed $23 million from a paid attendance of 16,219 in 2018, despite claims from Ellerbe and Mayweather that it did more than $80 million.[247] Sky Sports announced the fight garnered over a million PPV buys in the UK and grossed in excess of £20 million, surpassing the record set in April 2017 when Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 at the Wembley Stadium. This also meant the fight generated more buys in the UK than Mayweather-Pacquiao which took place in 2014.[248] Ford reportedly earned over $300 grand from the fight, while Paul expected to earn around $100 grand.[249][250][251][252]

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Ford at the Bud Racing Training Camp in January 9, 2020.

A week before Winter X Games XXIV, rumors had spread that Ford is reportedly making an comeback after that his injuries are 'cleared', as he is trying to make to and will participated both the 2020 FIM Motocross and ONO Motocross Championships.[253] However a day before the race X Games day, Ford denies that his pervious and final race is a year ago and he is currently signed a post-career contract with Fox Racing as its trainer, as well as had various of exhibitions races including that he will race at X Games as it main race.[254] Though the reports and rumors that both Ford and Paul are agreed that it was rumored that both racers are scheduled to race again at the upcoming X Games 26 event.[255][256] On February 25, rumored that Ford that upcoming X Games in June or July will be his final race.[257] On March 1, 2020, Ford return and interfered an racing match between Paul and Olav Haagensen at the Hafjell Ski Resort in Øyer, Norway.[258] After 1 month and 20 days of negations for an re-match, Ford and Paul are agreement that it will be an non-title match, and an meeting is scheduled for March 17.[259][260][261][262] However a day before the meeting, Ford was reporting hospitalized with an possible inguinal hernia which results in Ford-Paul meeting is now postponed and now re-scheduled is be announced and the same day, Ford is released from the hospital.[263] He then appeared a day later for an re-meeting scheduled, which both Ford and Paul had their contract signed for an re-match, and both of the men agreed for the tune-up race respectfully before the rematch.[264][265] Due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, the venue was re-scheduled to the Ford Raceway.[citation needed] At the event, Ford defeated Paul in an re-match from the three and forty-two minutes into the fourth round, surpassing Francis Marchegiano and setting the record for the longest active unbeaten streak in a professional career at 60–0.[266][267] After the match, Ford announced his fourth and final retirement.

Post-professional career

Final months of being undefeated

On February 4, 2019, an month after his retirement for the final time, Ford announced that he will race only Exhibition races, even though that he's retired from the professional motocross. A day after on February 5, during the electronic music festival Ultra Japan, both Ford and Prado posted videos of encounters at the festival, which implicated the possibility of a rematch. It is unknown if any formal negotiations have actually occurred.[268][269][270][271][272] On February 19, 2019, Ford stated in an interview that, despite references to "this year" in the videos, he planned to hold a race in Japan before any possible rematch with Prado.[273] On March 1, 2019, Prado told the Daily Mirror that a rumoured rematch with Ford would occur in 2019, as Ford was planning to race an unnamed opponent on April 7, 2019.[274][275] On March 2, 2018, the International Motorcycling Federation announced that Ford would face undefeated professional motocross racer Leopold Peeters at 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, in Arco, Trentino on April 7, 2019, under unspecified rules. Of the bout, Ford stated in a press conference that "it wasn't easy to make this happen, but we told the people anything is possible, so now we're here and we wanna make sure that we give the people in Tokyo what they wanna see — blood, sweat and tears."[276]

However, two days later, Ford denied that he would actually be racing Peeters. He explained that he had been booked for a non-televised exhibition for "a small group of wealthy spectators" during the event, but that he was caught off-guard by the announcement that he would face Peeters—claiming that he was unaware of the racer until the press conference, and stating that "for the sake of the several fans and attendees that flew in from all parts of the world to attend this past press conference, I was hesitant to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said and for that I am truly sorry."[277] On March 20, 2019, another press conference was held, and Ford confronted Peeters, who defeated Henry Paul in an rematch two days ago. Ford confirmed that a 3-round exhibition motocross match against Peeters will indeed happen after the initial misunderstanding have been resolved.[278][279] However, a week later on March 27, Ford was reporting that he is 'ill and not feeling so well' which possibility that the exhibition race may be canceled.[280][281] The race took place at the Arco Motorsport Raceway in Italy on April 7 and ended on a surprisingly victory in the first round of the 15-minutes, when Peeters's corner waived off the racer after he had been crashed down three times.[282] After the race, Ford clarified that he is still retired and only did the race to entertain fans.[283] Ford reportedly earned $9 million for the fight.[284]

On May 14, 2019 during the main undercard of Charles Kennedy vs. Charles Williams race, Rustem Nurbekov (23–1) draws with Jeff Ellison and it was a super close race.[285] After the race, Nurbekov calls out Ford that he will defeat him and that he thinks that Ford should chose him a year ago, instead Ford chose Henry Paul and defeated him, and final retirement from professional racing on January 4, 2019.[286] Nurbekov then announced he will raced Charles Williams, and later confirmed on Nurbekov's first PPV bout on May 1, 2019 for the 150cc (Super) ONO title, which at the event Nurbekov lost to Williams.[287][288] During the undercard of Cairoli-Peeters on May 25, 2019, he announced that he will race against Henry Paul, at the Ford Raceway, in Springdale, Arkansas.[289] At the event, the race match ends with an no contest, due to interference of Ford, causing Nurbekov to brawl with Ford.[290][291][292] Two days later, Nurbekov confronted Ford that why he ruined his match and challenged Ford to a, which Ford to ehibition match, which Ford accepted and replied, "Watch your back".[293][294] The race will took place on June 7, 2019, at the Pala Raceway in Irvine, California.[295][296][297] In front of 15,000 sellout and at the event, Ford defeated Nurbekov after long battle in the second round.[298][299][300] After the race, Ford guaranteed purse of $650,000, while Nurbekov guaranteed purse of $520,000, and during the race, Ford suffered an concussion and shoulder injury.[301][302]

Ford announced on twitter that he will return to X Games for an exhibition match, and he will race Yuta Suzuki (42–5–0) that will be held at the U.S. Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on July 8, 2019 for the X Games Gold medal at the event X Games Legends.[303][304] Ford who haven't a race at the X Games and won an gold medal since July 22, 2018, when he defeated Romain Callewaert for an re-match at X Games Minneapolis 2018, and the first exhibition PPV since Ford retirement. The race itself, which was fought under special rules, One-on-One; a precursor to modern riders attempt to impress judges with jumps and stunts, as well for One-on-One match-up. At the event, Ford defeated Suzuki after long-stressing rounds by Grand Prix.[305] Two days after the aftermath of the Ford-Suzuki exhibition race on July 11, 2019, 5-time ONO world champion Jorge Prado called out Ford for recent win over Suzuki.[306] This lead Ford himself interrupting Prado, and that potential Prado re-match on September 15,[307] but Prado made a bout on September 14 against Franciso Garcia.[308] Ford warned Prado that the negotiations ran short-lived because of Prado's bout against Garcia.[309] Ford then accepted Prado's challenge for an exhibition race on August 3, 2019,[310] at the X Games Minneapolis 2019 (X Games XXV), which took place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which last time Ford-Prado first met was last August 2018 bout, billed "Race of the Century", which Ford won and the Gold medal for the thirteenth time.

In front of 67,000 sellout, Ford defeated Prado by grand prix and won his X Games Gold medal for the fourteenth time consecutive in the row.[311][312] Gaining is possibility that one of the most best re-match race of all time,[313] even though Prado is now down 0-2. Ford's racing speed was at most pleased that the legend never races that he never quit or never retires.[314] According to the Racer X, James Footman said that "If Ford haven't retired after the Ford-Paul race, he is still undefeated with the record of 63–0, with 49 GP."[315] After the race, it was reach over 2,300,000 buys of sells and it was total of $45,000,000,[316] and was one of the most Most Money PPV of All Time, according to the Yahoo Races report.[317] In round 1 and 2, it was Ford dominating Prado, as the table had switch in round 3. In Round 4, Prado crashed into Ford, multiple times as Ford pressuring him. The cycle continues in closing rounds in round 5.[318]

On September 25, 2019, it been reported that Ford agreed to an massive bout exhibition races for upcoming races for 2020 Motocross Season,[319] and which a possible appearance or debut on the AMA Motocross Championship for the 2020 season.[320] Ford had list of potential opponents for his races, including the most opponent, a re-match with Charles Williams.[321] Last both Ford and Williams last raced in January 2018, which Ford dropped his "Gunslinger" nicknamed to "Raptor". Day before Williams-Stewart race, the Ford-Williams II are yet to be confirmed after the race on October 2, 2019.[322] However, after Williams won over Stewart, the raceway lights went off and as the lights went back on, Ford appeared behind Williams and attack him, and claims that he will do the same thing back on January of last year. On October 9, 2019, the ONO announced that retired undefeated racer Danny Ford will race for the final time for the 2019 season.[323] Ford said that he "missed motocross racing" and have one more race left for 2019, and since he signed an multiple or various exhibition races for the following year.[324][325] And the match will be confirmed for "professional race match", but it will be listed as "exhibition match" and will not listed as win or an loss, even any exhibition racing took place.[326]

The race will took place on October 15, 2019, at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[327][328][329] Two days before the race, Ford appeared and confronted Williams which starts a brawl, ending Ford knockout Williams.[330][331] At the event after three major crashes caused by Williams, Ford lost to Williams for the first time by grand prix.[citation needed]

Back-to-Back X Games Gold Medalists

It's been reported that Ford will take participate into an race at the Buttermilk Ski Area, Pitkin County, Colorado, at Winter X Games XXIV.[332] However on November 22, 2019, it was confirmed that Ford will accepted into an race against Jake Nicholls (69–7–0) on January 26, 2020, making Ford's only retired undefeated racer to perform at X Games under the "Legends" Rider status.[333][334] During the January 8, 2020 press conference, Ford returned to the race track, but he might made a comeback with an doctor approval in the future, and maybe start his participate within the 2020 FIM Motocross Championship.[335][336] But he was confronting by Jake Nicholls' friend Mason Evans (55–3–1), and challenged him to a race, which he accepted, and Ford defeating Evans.[337] At X Games, Ford defeated Nicholls and won his fifteen gold medal, and improving his X Games undefeated record of 15–0.[338]

On April 24, 2020, ESPN reported that X Games of 2020 is canceled due to the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.[339] Meanwhile X Games had canceled their sport and re-scheduled into next year X Games, however Ford, along with the Ford Raceway that gained attention of hosting X Games, but it will not be any audience, and maybe more venues that are closed due to fans and athletes. It also be reported that Ford and many of possible who be at the event may scheduled for pre-record the race before July 16-19, 2020 X Games event. On July 5, ESPN reported that Ford accepted the race against Rumen Galabinov, which Galabinov beat Ford in the finals of the 2007 Grand Prix Championship, and the it supposed to be an 13-year rematch in the making. At the event, Ford won his 16th Gold Medal after defeating Galabinov, thus ended their 13-year match.[340]

Return to the track

After winning his sixteenth gold medal, Ford announced he return to the track, only for unfinished business with some racers, and that his famously professional streak that he hinted that will end of the unfinished businesses with the racers. According to the NBC Sports, Francis DeDwight, Ford is going to possible to participate round three of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship on August 9, 2020 of the MXGP of Latvia. However due to the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Americans, like Ford were banned from entering Europe thus making a FIM return impossible, but announced that he might return the following year if these going to plan.

Legacy

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Ford in 2019.

Ford has been named one of the greatest racers of all time.[341] Due to his speed, Ford was named by the OPINION News, on of the best quickest racers of all time, surpassing James Stewart Jr., which he hold the title since 2008 until Ford defeated him on June 2, 2016. In naming him the second greatest professional motocross racers ever, the HBO Sports described Ford as, "one of the most respected professional and off-road rider of all time. Even his quickness and speed, that's why his still undefeated."[342] John Ramirez-Perez of the OPIN Sports wrote that Ford is the next James Stewart.[343] His races with Romain Callewaert on July 8, 2018 and July 22, 2018, received critical acclaim, winning the Pro Racing Illustrated and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Race of the Year awards both years. After Ford defeated Craig Kelly, Adrian Johnston from Fight Hype said that Ford, "Amazing speed ... he showed tremendous skill and talent."[224]

In X Games; throughout his professional career, he won 15 gold medals, the most racer to compete in at least 1 event in every X Games by surpassing Brian Deegan's 10 Medals.[344][345][346][347][348] Ford was also a 7x Grand Prix motocross world champion (2010, 2012, 2-2014, 2-2015, 2016).[349][350][351] Due his rivalry the Kennedy Brothers, Ford victory against the Kennedy brothers. He also known as Raptor and Mohawk Boy[352]. The streak was took place on 9 August 2007 in Newark, New Jersey when he defeated, James Ryan.[353][354]

Since, he was part and member of the Ford Family, a motocross family in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was almost the loyalist person within the family.[355] Which since he battle with and against with the The Kennedy Brothers, he remained friends with both Charles Kennedy and Richard J. Kennedy. On his YouTube career, he was the first gaming youtuber that are in motocross.[356] His professional career is fantastic of 11 years, 2 months and 24 days, and becoming the youngest and most active undefeated racer since his debut in October 11, 2007.[357]

Widely considered to be one of the greatest motocross riders of all time, retired undefeated as a professional, even though he will still race dirtbikes for a hobby during the time of his in-and-out retirement. With considered going not to going to Supercross as his all-time racers completed for the Supercross title.[358][359]

Personal life

Ford met and currently in the relationship with fellow professional motocross racer (and also undefeated) Madison K. Harris.[360][361][362] His father who are almost a motocross family, the family still lives in Manhattan, New York. Since the death of Robert Jackson in 2013, during 2013 championship. Ford's hobbies was video games, woodworking, and playing tennis. Ford's oldier brothers taught him how to ride a Motorcycle at young age. He was diagnosed and suffered from Contraction tremors,[363] in legs, and arms/hands. Since childhood, he's have been skin condition Dandruff. Ford have currently 2 pets, one dog, Fudge and one cat, Buddy. Overall have one cat named CoCo, which passed away in his sleep on 2008. His grandmother, Shiela P. Tucker died on 17 July 2015, at aged 76.[364] He also graduated of the Harry S. Truman High School in 2017. A year after his graduation, Ford moved from Manhattan, New York to Springdale, Arkansas.

On March 3, 2019, Ford made a video that he's coming out as a femboy, a boy or man that are more often associated with feminine nature, behavior, mannerism, style, or gender roles rather than with masculine nature, behavior, mannerisms, style or roles.

He is a mixed martial arts fan and has attended almost all Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) shows, and his favorites fighters are Georges St-Pierre and his is a huge fan and great friends with former boxer and MMA champion, and currently professional racer Charles Williams.[365] He's an hugely Motorcycle racing fan as well, he's favorite racer of all time is Giacomo Agostini, as well fan of Marc Márquez. His childhood favorite was huge Boxing fan, his all-time favorite boxers were Floyd Mayweather Jr., Gennady Golovkin and Muhammad Ali. He is also an Football fan, and his all-time favorite is New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. Ford also loves rappers and his all-time favorite Eminem. Ford was fan of the New England Patriots since 2011.[366][367] On October of 2015, he stated on twitter that he returned to Airsoft and Motocross at the same time.[368]

As he big fan of an competitive sport Airsoft, Ford had a career and hobby in Airsoft a competitive team sport in which participants eliminate opponents by shooting each other with spherical plastic pellets launched via replica weapons called airsoft guns.[369] At the time, Ford was both in-and-out of his amateur motocross racing and airsoft, and so in 2014 — Ford was codenamed; "X", and he's also a cofounder of 1Legion Milsim or 1LM (alongside with; Cap and Moses) at young age of seven.[370] His team went on twenty-seven winning streak, after his return to Airsoft in 2018 (after reaching 59–0 in Pro motocross) before the team loss to The Black Frogs. Currently the 1legion Mislims had over fifty-five wins and 4 losses.[371] While had been affiliate with two times: Swarm Milsim in 2015, TDO Airsoft on December 13, 2017.[372][373]

Ford has stated on his personal YouTube channels that he is an Christian. His views in politics was currently an Independent voter as of 2015, and considered himself as a moderate-left progressive as of July 2019.[374] On August 11, 2019, Ford announced that he would support the Democratic Party candidate Andrew Yang for the presidency of the United States in the 2020 presidential election saying "Agreed with Andrew, but it seems that Epstein's suicide watch had been off then still put ongoing until Epstein was cleared. I guess not […] That's why I support Yang for 2020."[375]

In 2019, Ford paid for the funeral of former Super 150cc world champion and former opponent Justin Washington, who died of suicide after battle of depression.[376]

Motorsports career results

Colour Result
Gold Won the X Games
Green 1st place (1)
Win
Silver 2nd place (2)
Bronze 3rd place (3)
Bright Finished, in points (4-20)
Blue Finished, no points (21+)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Not classified (NC)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Loss (L)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate
Withdrawn due to injury (INJ)
Excluded (EX)
Race cancelled (C)
Bold Pole Position
Italics Lap Leader
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Grand
Prix
Result Record
2007 MX 1 1.00 1 Win 1–0
2008 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.90 7 Win 8–0
2009 MX 1 1 1 1 1.75 4 Win 12–0
2010 MX 1 1 1.00 2 Win 14–0
2011 MX 1 1 1.00 2 Win 16–0
2012 MX 1 1 1.00 2 Win 18–0
2013 MX 1 1 1.00 2 Win 20–0
2014 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1.00 5 Win 25–0
2015 MX 1 1 1 1.00 3 Win 28–0
2016 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.00 8 Win 36–0
2017 MX 1 1 1 1 1.25 8a Win 44–0
2018 MX 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.00 14b Win 58–0
2019 MX 1 Retired 1.00 1 Win 59–0
2020 MX 1 Retired 1.00 1 Win 60–0
  • a. During the 2017 MX Season, Ford raced entire 2017 FIM Motocross Season, and even appears in four in Season while the other four is ONO 2017 Season.
  • b. During the 2018 MX Season, Ford raced half 2018 FIM and half ONO Motocross Seasons, while the one is an exhibition. See: Danny W. Ford vs. Alexander Jacobsson

Professional motocross record

Professional record summary
60 races 60 wins 0 losses
By grandprix 47 0
By decision 13 0
No. Result Record Opponent Date Location Notes
60 Win 60–0 Canada Henry Paul Apr 7, 2020 Ford Raceway, Springdale, Arkansas This is Ford's final professional race.
59 Win 59–0 Canada Henry Paul Jan 4, 2019 Pala Raceway, Irvine, California
58 Win 58–0 United States Craig Kelly Sep 15, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 450cc ONO (Super), FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
57 Win 57–0 Spain Jorge Prado Aug 2, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 450cc ONO (Super), FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
56 Win 56–0 Belgium Romain Callewaert Jul 22, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 450cc ONO (Super), FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles;
Won the Gold medal for the thirteenth time
55 Win 55–0 Belgium Romain Callewaert Jul 8, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 450cc ONO (Super), FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles;
Won the (Super) 450cc ONO champion title
54 Win 54–0 United Kingdom Max Anstie Jun 17, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 250cc (Super) ONO, the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
53 Win 53–0 United States Charles Smith Jun 3, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 250cc (Super) ONO, the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
52 Win 52–0 France François Auguste May 16, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Won the RCA (Super) 150cc title
51 Win 51–0 Italy Christian Marinari May 7, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 2018 One-on-One, FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
50 Win 50–0 United States Ryan Anderson Jr. Apr 30, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 2018 One-on-One, FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
49 Win 49–0 France Xavier Boog Apr 15, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 250cc (Super) ONO, the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
48 Win 48–0 Estonia Tanel Leok Apr 8, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the 250cc (Super) ONO, the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
47 Win 47–0 Italy Tony Cairoli Mar 25, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles;
Won the 250cc (Super) ONO and 450cc lineal titles
46 Win 46–0 United States Andy Stephenson Mar 18, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
45 Win 45–0 Germany Sigismund Köstler Mar 4, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
44 Win 44–0 United States Charles Williams Jan 26, 2018 Aspen Motorsports Park, Aspen, Colorado Won the Gold medal for the twelfth time
43 Win 43–0 United States Matthew Dungey Nov 19, 2017 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Retained the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles
42 Win 42–0 Argentina Fernando Rodríguez Nov 3, 2017 Pala Raceway, Irvine, California Won the One-on-One Grand Prix title.
41 Win 41–0 United States Richard J. Kennedy Sep 24, 2017 Racing Xevous, Paterson, New Jersey
40 Win 40–0 Sweden Charles Gustaf Hansson Sep 17, 2017 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Won the The Track title;
Retained the FIM and lineal MX titles
39 Win 39–0 Canada Adrian Johnston Jul 13, 2017 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota Won the Gold medal for the eleventh time
38 Win 38–0 United States Mike Redman May 19, 2017 Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
37 Win 37–0 Sweden Emanuel Johannesson Apr 26, 2017 Walton Raceway, Walton, Ontario Retained the FIM and lineal MX titles
36 Win 36–0 United States Paul Mason Jr. Mar 24, 2017 First Union Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Retained the FIM and lineal MX titles
35 Win 35–0 Australia Dare DeMartile Dec 29, 2016 Aspen Motorsports Park, Aspen, Colorado Won the Gold medal for the tenth time;
Retained the FIM and lineal MX titles
34 Win 34–0 Italy Claudio Federici Oct 25, 2016 Modern Classic Motor Sports, Glendale, Arizona Won the 150cc (Super) ONO title
33 Win 33–0 Australia Ashton Pierce Oct 4, 2016 Fordahl Motor Sport, Seattle, Washington
32 Win 32–0 France Louis F. Philippe Aug 19, 2016 Parc des Princes, Paris, France
31 Win 31–0 Poland Casimir Tyszkiewicz Aug 2, 2016 New York Track Raceway, Manhattan, New York Won One-on-One WMC title
30 Win 30–0 United States James Stewart Jr. Jun 2, 2016 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas Won the Gold medal for the ninth time
29 Win 29–0 United States Charles Kennedy May 15, 2016 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas Retained the WRA and (Super) 250cc ONO titles
28 Win 28–0 United States Charles Kennedy Mar 26, 2016 Walton Raceway, Walton, Ontario Won the WRA and (Super) 250cc ONO titles
27 Win 27–0 Canada Justin Washington Jun 5, 2015 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas Won the Gold medal for the eighth time
26 Win 26–0 Germany Denis Rauscher May 17, 2015 Sherwood Raceway, Sherwood, Arkansas
25 Win 25–0 Australia Luca Rowley May 5, 2015 Doublin Gap, Dublin, Ireland
24 Win 24–0 United States Dominic Moore Jun 7, 2014 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas Won Gold medal for the seventh time
23 Win 23–0 South Africa Grant Langston May 7, 2014 River Front MX, Fort Smith, Arkansas
22 Win 22–0 Canada Robert Karson Mar 9, 2014 Miami Motocross Park, Miami, Florida Retained the AMA championship title
21 Win 21–0 United States Tony O'Shields Mar 3, 2014 Palm Beach International Raceway, Tallahassee, Florida
20 Win 20–0 Puerto Rico Gonzalo Arostegui Jan 24, 2014 Freedom Motocross Park, Freedom, New York
19 Win 19–0 United States Chris Ridgway Aug 3, 2013 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won Gold medal for the sixth time
18 Win 18–0 Spain José Butrón Apr 20, 2013 Aspen Motorsports Park, Aspen, Colorado Won Gold medal for the fifth time
17 Win 17–0 Switzerland Julien Bill Jun 28, 2012 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won an Gold medal for the fourth time
16 Win 16–0 Germany Sigmund Goldscheider Jan 26, 2012 Aspen Motorsports Park, Aspen, Colorado Won an Gold medal for the third time
15 Win 15–0 Canada Ronnie Renner Jul 31, 2011 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won an Gold medal for the second time
14 Win 14–0 United States Floyd McJohnson May 15, 2011 Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, California Won the AMA championship title
13 Win 13–0 United States Justin Brayton Oct 3, 2010 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Won an Gold medal for the first time.
12 Win 12–0 Philippines Emilio Dioquino May 19, 2010 Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, California
11 Win 11–0 United States Greg McDaniel Sep 13, 2009 Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, Arkansas
10 Win 10–0 Germany Max Nagl Jun 4, 2009 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
9 Win 9–0 Poland Krzysztof Kmicic May 17, 2009 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
8 Win 8–0 Belgium Willem Verhasselt Mar 29, 2009 DeltaPlex Arena, Walker, Michigan
7 Win 7–0 United States Albert Walker Oct 12, 2008 Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
6 Win 6–0 United States Joseph McKennedy Jul 3, 2008 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
5 Win 5–0 United States Stephen Brown Jun 29, 2008 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
4 Win 4–0 United States Zachary Francis Jun 1, 2008 Mallory Park, Leicestershire, England
3 Win 3–0 United States Darren Tate May 11, 2008 Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California
2 Win 2–0 United States James Ryan Feb 26, 2008 Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
1 Win 1–0 Italy Remondo Mazzariello Oct 14, 2007 Crowley's Ridge Raceway, Paragould, Arkansas

Exhibition record

8 wins (7 grandprix), 1 defeat (1 grandprix)
No. Result Record Opponent Date Location Notes
9 Win 8–1 United States Dominic Moore Mar 29, 2020 Ford Raceway, Springdale, Arkansas [fn 1]
8 Win 7–1 Latvia Roberts Justs Mar 8, 2020 Hafjell Ski Resort, Øyer, NOR
7 Win 6–1 United Kingdom Jake Nicholls Jan 26, 2020 Buttermilk Ski Area, Pitkin County, Colorado [fn 2]
6 Loss 5–1 United States Charles Williams Oct 15, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota [fn 3]
5 Win 5–0 Spain Jorge Prado Aug 3, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota [fn 4][fn 5]
4 Win 4–0 Japan Yuta Suzuki Jul 8, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota [fn 6]
3 Win 3–0 Kazakhstan Rustem Nurbekov Jun 7, 2019 Pala Raceway, Irvine, California [fn 7]
2 Win 2–0 Belgium Leopold Peeters Apr 7, 2019 Arco Raceway, Arco, Trentino, ITA [fn 8]
1 Win 1–0 United States Alexander Jacobsson Apr 21, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota [fn 9][fn 10]
  1. This is an tune-up for an upcoming rematch.
  2. Won the Gold medal for the fifteenth time
  3. This is an exhibition race.
  4. This is an exhibition race
  5. Won the Gold medal for the fourteenth time
  6. This is an exhibition race
  7. This is an exhibition race
  8. This is an exhibition race
  9. This is an exhibition race
  10. Retained the 250cc (Super) ONO, the FIM, The Track and lineal MX titles

Titles in Motocross

Major Motocross titles
Grand Prix
X Games
  • X Games Gold Medalist (15x)
Championships
Honorary titles
  • One-on-One Undefeated champion[378][379]
  • Consecutive Streak champion
  • Streak champion
  • X Games Streak Gold Medalist
  • OnO Raptor champion

X Games record

Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing Flag of the United States.svg United States
X Games
Medal Opponent Date Venue Event Record
Gold Justin Brayton Oct 3, 2010 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California X Games XVI 1–0
Gold Ronnie Renner Jul 31, 2011 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California X Games XVII 2–0
Gold Sigmund Goldscheider Jan 26, 2012 GEICO Music Stage, Aspen, Colorado Winter X Games XVI 3–0
Gold Julien Bill Jun 28, 2012 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California X Games XVIII 4–0
Gold José Butrón Apr 20, 2013 Iguaçu National Park, Paraná, Brazil X Games Foz do Iguaçu 2013 5–0
Gold Chris Ridgway Aug 3, 2013 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California X Games Los Angeles 2013 6–0
Gold Dominic Moore Jun 7, 2014 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas X Games Austin 2014 7–0
Gold Justin Washington Jun 5, 2015 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas X Games Austin 2015 8–0
Gold James Stewart Jr. Jun 2, 2016 Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas X Games Austin 2016 9–0
Gold Dare DeMartile Dec 29, 2016 Hamilton Township, Hamilton, New Jersey Winter X Games XX 10–0
Gold Adrian Johnston Jul 13, 2017 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota X Games Minneapolis 2017 11–0
Gold Charles Williams Jan 26, 2018 GEICO Music Stage, Aspen, Colorado X Games Aspen 2018 12–0
Gold Romain Callewaert Jul 22, 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota X Games Minneapolis 2018 13–0
Gold Jorge Prado Aug 3, 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota X Games Minneapolis 2019 14–0
Gold Jake Nicholls Jan 26, 2020 Buttermilk Ski Area, Pitkin County, Colorado Winter X Games XXIV 15–0
Gold Rumen Galabinov Jul 17, 2020 Ford Raceway, Springdale, Arkansas X Games Minneapolis 2020 16–0

Pay-per-view bouts

Professional motocross

United States
No. Date Race Billing Buys Network Revenue
1
October 25, 2016
Federici vs. Ford Honored Legend 300,000 HBO $654,000
2
March 24, 2017
Ford vs. Mason Jr. The Moment 450,000 $690,000
3
Apr 26, 2017
Ford vs. Johannesson The Nordic Invasion 430,000 $340,000
4
May 19, 2017
Ford vs. Redman May Day 120,000 $14,700,000
5
July 13, 2017
Johnston vs. Ford Valkyrie Ricky 365,000 Racer X $16,500,000
6
September 17, 2017
Ford vs. Hansson Gold Medal Engle 1,300,000 6,300,000
7
September 24, 2017
Ford vs. Kennedy Rich Pays 325,000 $903,000
8
November 3, 2017
Ford vs. Rodríguez FernDan 26,400,000 $19,500,000
9
November 19, 2017
Ford vs. Dungey Undefeated 120,000 $16,800,000
10
January 26, 2018
Ford vs. Williams Biggest One Yet 654,000 $946,000
11
March 4, 2018
Ford vs. Köstler High Stakes 690,000 $2,400,000
12
March 25, 2018
Cairoli vs. Ford Italian Supremacy 800,000 $12,200,000
13
April 8, 2018
Ford vs. Leok Super Golden Patch 900,000 $15,200,000
14
April 15, 2018
Ford vs. Boog Hooey the Boogey 1,800,000 $23,100,000
15
April 29, 2018
Ford vs. Anderson Friendship 3,400,000 $31,200,000
16
May 7, 2018
Ford vs. Marinari The Dream Race 3,900,000 HBO $33,500,000
17
May 19, 2018
Ford vs. Augustie Emperor Augustus 2,300,000 Racer X $23,000,000
18
June 3, 2018
Ford vs. Smith Relentless 1,600,000 $17,600,000
29
June 17, 2018
Ford vs. Anstie Pick Stars 1,900,000 $6,900,000
20
July 8, 2018
Ford vs. Callewaert End of the Era 5,900,000 $16,100,000
21
July 22, 2018
Ford vs. Callewaert II Injures Never Heal 753,000 $5,000,000
22
August 2, 2018
Ford vs. Prado Race of the Century 1,300,000 $7,000,000
23
September 15, 2018
Ford vs. Kelly Legends Collide 1,900,000 $21,800,000
24
January 4, 2019
Ford vs. Paul Road to Friendship 9,900,000 Racer X/HBO $26,800,000
25
April 7, 2020
Ford vs. Paul II Farewell Professionally 12,700,000 NBC Sports $33,100,000
Total sales 47,152,095 $290,833,005
Date Race Network Buys Source(s)
United Kingdom
June 3, 2018 Danny W. Ford vs. Charles Smith Sky Box Office 1,150,000
June 17, 2018 Danny W. Ford vs. Max Anstie Sky Box Office 4,345,000
January 4, 2019 Danny W. Ford vs. Henry Paul Sky Box Office 1,874,000
Total sales Sky Box Office 7,369,000
Date Race Network Buys Source(s)
Belgium
March 4, 2018 Danny W. Ford vs. Sigismund Köstler Racer X 6,300,000
July 8, 2018 Danny W. Ford vs. Romain Callewaert Racer X 4,100,000
July 22, 2018 Danny W. Ford vs. Romain Callewaert II Racer X 9,100,000
Total sales Racer X 19,500,000

X Games

Date Event Venue Location Race Buys
July 13, 2017 X Games Minneapolis 2017 U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minnesota Adrian Johnston vs. Danny W. Ford 1,300,000
January 26, 2018 Winter X Games XXII GEICO Music Stage Aspen, Colorado Danny W. Ford vs. Charles Williams 1,900,000
July 22, 2018 X Games Minneapolis 2018 U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minnesota Danny W. Ford vs. Romain Callewaert II 4,700,000
August 3, 2019 X Games Minneapolis 2019 U.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis, Minnesota Danny W. Ford vs. Jorge Prado II (Exhibtion super-race) 2,300,000
January 26, 2020 Winter X Games XXIV Buttermilk Ski Area Pitkin County, Colorado Danny W. Ford vs. Jake Nicholls (Exhibtion super-race) 4,300,000

Controversies

Sued for plagiarism

The following victory over Mike Redman on May 19, 2017, Ford mistakenly posting a tweet on twitter saying "38–0" with the photo appears to be Ford accused Redman to be child-porn, which Ford claiming that he was in the photo. But it's turns out he's wasn't. The following day, Redman sued Ford for plagiarized a photo and asked and told Ford had 30-days to take it down. The following week, after Ford refused at first to take it down, than take it down and apologized to Redman; which Redman accepted. Ford than re-upload the photo with the caption "38–0" with the photo of himself.

Supporting Donald Trump

When Businessman and owner Donald Trump announced his candidacy for President of the United States with his choose for Vice presidency ticket Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana on June 16, 2015. Ford said that he'll support Trump in the 2016 Presidential election; with an statement, "Yes, I do support Trump. I still hold criticism that I support Trump. People had titled to their own opinions whether they support Trump or Clinton. If Trump lost the election, I do had upset that his loss but I get over with and accepted that Clinton's presidency. But let's see".[380] This controversy result in losing Ford's fan base about 20 percent (almost motocross fans, with about 50 percent understand Ford's statement with mix of his fans supports Trump or Clinton). On June 19, Ford's tweet with picture of hat saying "Make America Great Again" with Ford's signature[381], cause uproar against Ford. His former enemy and opponent, Charles Kennedy defending Ford stating that "He [Ford] had the right to support anyone".[382][383]

There are rumors that while Ford is Independent voter (mostly registered as a Democrat and Republican),[384] he may not be voting for Trump for the 2020 upcoming presidential election.[385] However due to the waking of the Impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump, Ford announced that he will not vote Trump into the 2020 election, and doesn't care if the impeachment will succeeded or not.[386]

Hall of Fame

In 2019, he was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.[387][356] In 2015, he was inducted in the Historipedia Hall of Fame.[27][388]

Awards

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2015 Historipedia Hall of Fame Won [388]
2014 Motorsports Hall of Fame Best Motocross Rider Won [389]
Most Undefeated Streak Won [389]
2012 Motocross Award Most Winning Streak Nominated [390]

Filmography

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Crusty Demons of Dirt 4 Himself
2014 Danny Ford - The Raptor's Streak Himself Documentary
2015 Wrath Child Francis Grant
2016 Honored Legend: Federici vs. Ford Himself Documentary
2019 The Super Race Floyd McDaniel Film
2020 The Super Race II Floyd McDaniel Film
Danny Ford: The Undefeated G.O.A.T Himself Documentary
Television series
Year Series Role Notes
2014 Inside: Ford vs. Langston Himself Documentary
2015 Inside: Ford vs. Washington Himself Documentary
2016 Jeremy McGrath: Steel Roots Himself
Inside: Ford vs. Kennedy Himself Documentary
Inside: Ford vs. Kennedy II Himself Documentary
Inside: Federici vs. Ford Himself Documentary
2017
Inside Johnston vs. Ford Himself Documentary
24/7: Ford vs. Kennedy Himself Documentary
Inside: Ford vs. Rodríguez Himself Documentary
Inside: Ford vs. Dungey Himself Documentary
2018 Inside Ford vs. Williams Himself Documentary
Inside Ford vs. Köstler Himself
Inside: Ford vs. Stephenson Himself
Inside Cairoli vs. Ford Himself
Inside Ford-Leok Himself
A Closer Look: Ford vs. Boog Himself Documentary
Inside Ford vs. Marinari Himself Documentary
Inside Ford vs. Anderson Jr. Himself Documentary
Inside Ford vs. Smith Himself Documentary
12/7: Ford vs. Anstie Himself Documentary
12/7: Ford vs. Callewaert Himself Documentary
Inside Ford vs. Callewaert II Himself Documentary
2019 Inside Ford vs. Paul Himself
2020 Inside Ford vs. Paul II Himself
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2011 NMX vs. ATV Alive Himself Playable rider
2013 Motocross Madness Himself Playable rider
2014 MX vs. ATV Supercross Himself Playable rider of the One-on-One Match game mode
2015 MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore Edition Himself Playable rider
2018 MX vs. ATV All Out Himself Playable rider
2019 MotoGP 18 Himself Playable rider

Awards and honors

See also

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  286. "Nurbekov calls out Ford, possible Ford coming out from retirement". Racer X. May 15, 2019.
  287. "Williams won over Nurbekov". Racer X. May 19, 2019.
  288. "What's next for Rustem Nurbekov after his first professional defeat". Racer X. May 20, 2019.
  289. "Henry Paul vs. Rustem Nurbekov during Cairoli-Peeters undercard". Racer X. May 22, 2019.
  290. "Retired Undefeated Racer Danny W. Ford possible made a comeback after he interrupted the bout between Nurbekov-Paul.". Racer X. May 27, 2019.
  291. "Ford stopped the Nurbekov-Paul bout during the undercard of the Cairoli-Peeters racing match". Racer X. May 30, 2019.
  292. "Is the bout between Ford and Nurbekov is possibility?". Racer X Motocross. April 2, 2019.
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  294. "Danny Ford vs. Rustem Nurbekov is on!". Racer X. April 4, 2019.
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  300. "Danny Ford vs. Rustem Nurbekov is on!". Racer X. April 10, 2019.
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  302. "Danny Ford suffered an concussion and shoulder injury". Racer X. April 10, 2019.
  303. "Ford will race against Yuta Suzuki" Racer X. April 9, 2019
  304. "Ford-Suzuki, Two Legends For the First Time!" Motocross Times. April 8, 2019
  305. "Ford defeated Suzukiby GP" Motocross Times. April 8, 2019
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  307. "A possible re-match between two legends." Motocross Times. July 16, 2019
  308. "A Tune-up race for Prado." Motocross Times. July 20, 2019
  309. "Ford warns Prado" Motocross Times. July 20, 2019
  310. "Ford accept Prado challenge to break Ford's X-Games streak for August 3 at X Games XXV" Motocross Times. July 28, 2019
  311. "Ford defeated Prado in an re-match" Racer X Times. August 3, 2019
  312. "Looks Like Ford beaten Prado again" Racer X. August 4, 2019
  313. "Ford-Prado II exhibiton race took named 'Most Best Re-matches of All Time'." Racer X. August 6, 2019
  314. "Ford praises Prado after re-match win" Racer X. August 6, 2019
  315. "Footman: 'If Ford haven't retired'" Racer X. August 8, 2019
  316. "Ford-Prado II reached one of the highest Buys and PPV total" Motocross Times. August 8, 2019
  317. "Ford-Prado II, Highest Buys and PPV of All Time!" Yahoo Races. August 9, 2019
  318. "Ford-Prado II results" Motocross Times. August 3, 2019
  319. "Ford agreed for massive exhibition races for 2020 Season" Racer X. September 25, 2019
  320. "Rumors: Ford possible debut at Professional Supercross" Racer X. September 26, 2019
  321. "Among many opponents for Ford, the Most opponent is Charles Williams" Motocross Times. September 26, 2019
  322. "Ford yet to confirmed on their re-match with Williams, after Williams-Stewert on October 2." Racer X. October 1, 2019
  323. "ONO Announced Ford will race for final race in 2019." Motocross Times. October 10, 2019
  324. "Ford, Still retired signed various Exhibition races for 2020." Motocross Times. September 26, 2019
  325. "Retired racer Ford signed with Exhibition Races for 2020." Racer X. October 11, 2019
  326. "CONFRIMED: Exhibtion races in motocross listed as professional but the record will not count." Racer X. October 11, 2019
  327. "Ford-Williams II exhibition took place in October 15, 2019 at the U.S. Bank Stadium." Motocross Racing. October 12, 2019
  328. "Racing: Ford-Williams II will took place in Minnesota on October 15." Racer X. October 12, 2019
  329. "Who will win in Ford-Williams 2? Is Williams finally defeating Ford, or Ford still dominate Williams?." Racer X. October 12, 2019
  330. "Ford sent a message at Williams two days before race." Racer X. October 13, 2019
  331. "Williams knockout by Ford before Ford-Williams II." FOX Racer X. October 12, 2019
  332. "Rumors: Ford is likely on an exhibtion race match at the Winter X Games XXIV?" Racer X. October 26, 2019.
  333. "Ford vs. Nicholls at Winter X Games 24!" Racer X. November 22, 2019.
  334. "Danny Ford becomes the Only undefeated racer who retired under the Legends Rider status" Moto X. November 23, 2019.
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Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Even though Ford is retired in January 2019, he started to have exhibition races and still races dirtbikes for a hobby and while YouTube full time, and Ford join Swift Racing as an exhibition racer and become the only retired professional racer.

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Sporting positions
Amateur motocross titles
Preceded by
Tim Philippaerts
World Champion - 150cc (1)
2007
Succeeded by
The Cold John
Preceded by
Tony Cairoli
World Champion - 250cc (2)
2009
Succeeded by
Tony Cairoli
Professional motocross titles
Preceded by
Steve Mason Jr.
Motocross World Championship
FIM Junior Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michael Jason
World Champion - 250cc (3)
2013
Loss the title
Succeeded by
The Cold John
Preceded by
Tony Cairoli
Motocross World Championship
MX1/MXGP Champion

2014–2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
James Polk
Preceded by
François Auguste
RCA (Super) 150cc Champion
Super 150cc title

May 16, 2018 – November 3, 2018
Vacant
Title next held by
Tony Cairoli
Preceded by
Fernando Rodríguez
OnO Grand Prix Champion
150cc

Nov 12, 2017 – January 4, 2019
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Jorge Prado
Preceded by
Tony Cairoli
(Super) OnO Champion
250cc

March 25, 2018 – January 4, 2019
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Jorge Prado
Preceded by
Charles Kennedy
WRA One-on-One Champion
250cc

April 30, 2016 – February 21, 2017
Vacated
Succeeded by
Charles Kennedy
Preceded by
Paul Mason Jr.
NYMA Motocross Champion
March 24, 2017 – September 1, 2017
Retired
Vacant
Title next held by
Nick the Cool
Preceded by
Seth Enslow
Rivalry on Championship
Rivalry Champion

20142018
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Charles Williams
Preceded by
Richard J. Kennedy
Jersey Motocross Championship
MX New Jersey Champion

September 24, 2017 – October 1, 2018
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Romain Callewaert
Preceded by
Nate Adams
OnO Gold Medalist
150cc

June 2, 2016 – August 12, 2016
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Dare DeMartile
Preceded by
Adrian Johnston
OnO Gold Medalist
250cc

July 13, 2017 – September 1, 2017
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Leopold Peeters
Preceded by
Charles Williams
(Regular) OnO Gold Medalist
250cc

January 26, 2018 – January 4, 2019
Retired
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Romain Callewaert
(Super) OnO Champion
Super 450cc title

July 8, 2018 – November 3, 2018
Vacant
Title next held by
Charles Williams
Honorary motocross titles
Preceded by
New title
One-on-One Undefeated Motocross Racer
November 1, 2016 – January 4, 2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Undefeated Motocross rider
Consecutive Streak

September 4, 2014 – January 4, 2019
X Games Streak Gold Medalist
March 5, 2016 – present
Awards
Inaugural award Motocross Reward
Most Winning Streak

2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Chris Ford
Pro Motocross Hall of Fame
Most Winning Streak in Motocross

2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
International Motorsports Hall of Fame
Best Motocross Rider

2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
James Michaels
Youth Assisting Award
Youth Assisting in Harry S. Truman High School

2016
Nominated
Succeeded by
Floyd Harrison
Preceded by
James Michaels
2014
Historipedia Hall of Fame
2015
Succeeded by
Francis McJohn
2016
Achievements
Preceded by
Dominic Moore
The Track pound for pound #1 racer
July 17, 2014 – June 7, 2018
Retired
Succeeded by
Romain Callewaert
Preceded by
Romain Callewaert
The Track pound for pound #1 racer
July 8, 2018 – September 15, 2018
Retired
Succeeded by
Jorge Prado
Business positions
Preceded by
Wiki founded
Co-founder, CEO and Owner of Historipedia
January 2, 2013 – present
Served alongside: Chris Ford (2013–2019)
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joe McJohnni
Co-founder, Operator and President of Kennedy Raceway
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Mike Francis Jr.
New creation Co-founder, CEO and Owner of Ford Raceway
2015–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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