(5) It’s a fight reality show, similar to The Ultimate Fighter, and it will air on Dana White’s most hated network, SpikeTV, and feature a tournament promoted by Bellator, the UFC’s most notable competitor.
(4) According to an excellent ESPN piece, Randy will just be the coach on this show, but he will star in, and Executive Produce, another reality series for SpikeTV.
(3) Two of the four coaches on the show, Greg Jackson and Frank Shamrock, are Dana White’s most despised trainer and his most hated announcer.
(2) SpikeTV is the same network that originally took a chance on an unknown MMA reality show, that revolutionized the world of MMA.
(1)The show is being produced by the producers of The Amazing Race, a show that’s won nine out of ten Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality- Competiton Program since 2003. Meaning? This is big. Viacom is paying large bank to secure this type of talent.
Now go back to that great ESPN article for a moment. The writer notes that before the signing, Randy and his lawyer had pitched several ideas to UFC brass, to no apparent interest. The UFC apparently had bigger fish to fry.
Then Randy gets approached for this once in a lifetime opportunity, to be front and center again, on another potentially groundbreaking entertainment MMA show.
Couture and his lawyer are under a non disclosure agreement. They cannot reveal to the UFC that they are being pursued by Viacom.
They tell the UFC, according to Dana himself, that there are two companies wanting to sign Randy. The keep the Viacom deal secret.
The UFC passes. Randy exercises a clause that calls for cancellation of his UFC contract with a 30 day notice. He signs with Viacom.
And Dana White goes... insane.
"I don't respect him at all. Not even a little," White said. "The only time that Randy Couture is ever a man is when he steps foot in that cage. As soon as his big toe steps out of the cage, he's the furthest thing from it."
“Randy Couture comes off as the greatest guy in the world – Captain America,” White said. “He’s the furthest thing from it, and I’m happy that I don’t have to be in business with him anymore. Now I don’t ever have to be in business with him again.”
To Randy’s son, Ryan Couture:
You signed a deal with us to fight in the UFC. I want you here if you want to be here. But I need you to understand this; me and your dad are not good. Me and your dad are never going to be good ever again as long as I walk this fucking planet.
While addressing Couture’s situation to group of MMA reporters, White stated bluntly, “Randy Couture can’t buy a ticket to this m—– f—— event.”
Even to battle hardened UFC watchers, this was Dana White near unhinged. The MMA media, for the most part simply reported the facts, mostly not forming an opinion, either way, except for Bleacher Report, which had this great nugget in their story:
"After all, this is the man who has freely and openly denied Frank Shamrock, one of the best fighters in UFC history, a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, for no other reason than he simply doesn’t like him."
The truly unfortunate victim of course, is Ryan Couture. Poor guy has to listen to his work daddy publicly castigate his real daddy, and smile and act as if it’s ok.
First of all common sense prevailing, Randy’s lawyer ought to have been disbarred if his advice to Randy would have been not to take this offer.
Executive Producing is the Holy grail in TV land. Randy’s now stepping into an entirely new world of ownership, control, and dealmaking, that would not have been available to him in a million years with the UFC. To deny him this right to fully profit off the thousands of hours he put into training to become the legend of the fighter he is, would be unjust, especially when the UFC showed little inclination to match an open market offer. The NFL, NBA and MLB all lost that battle long ago.
Randy has mentioned before that one of his major issues with the UFC was the inability to exert meaningful control over the very short period of time he had as a professional athlete to maximize his earning potential.
All those reasons translate to one very clear message: Randy’s on the side of righteousness. It’s just not right, to hold a man down when all he wants to do, is better himself.
Aren’t these ugly outbursts actually proof, that Randy made the right call in keeping this a secret? Why not show some foresight and applaud one of your living legends, who fans will forever recognize as a UFC fighter?
Despite the big budget and the big names involved, Randy and the show are still lightyears away from where the UFC is now. The UFC is still the show. Where big dogs go to fight. No matter how big the new SpikeTV show gets, every single fighter on the show will have one dream: to fight in the UFC.
Will Dana White seek to the truly petty lows of accepting all fighters from the new show into the UFC, except for those coached by Randy and Frank Shamrock?
Let’s hope that this past week was only a bad week for the UFC President because of his medical condition. Perhaps the legendary temper lost all sense of proportionality and you hope this obvious stress finds a healthy outlet.
Because it will only get worse.
Alistair Overeem it turns out, is not the Dutch Brock Lesnar.
Rampage is still deeply unhappy.
St. Pierre could easily command the same deal on the open market.
Jon Jones is only beginning to flex his muscles.
And Anderson Silva still wants Anderson Silva money.
A bittersweet week for Randy, tough week for Ryan, a brutal week for Dana White.
bleacherreport - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1517566-mma-will-randy-couture-get-the-shamrock-treatment-after-bellator-deal
prommanow - http://prommanow.com/2013/02/05/interview-randy-couture-on-his-decision-to-sign-with-bellator-for-spike-tv-reality-series/
mmafreak - http://mma-freak.com/dana-white-happy-business-randy-couture/
espn - http://espn.go.com/mma/story/
yahoo - http://sports.yahoo.com/news/fight-master-bellator-mma-nabs-193117163--mma.html_/id/8919372/for-spike-tv-randy-couture-no-going-back-ufc-partnership