UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture recently signed a multi-year deal with Spike TV to participate in multiple projects for the channel, as well as other ventures for the parent company Viacom. Viacom owns a controlling interest in Bellator, the UFC's leading competitor.
Couture's first role will be as a coach on Bellator's planned reality tv series, which is intended to compete with the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter.
At a media scrum on Thursday, UFC president Dana White offered his thoughts, relayed by MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani, via Twitter.
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Dana says he's happy to never be in business with Randy Couture again. "He's the furthest thing from Captain America."
White's exact remarks were far more extensive.
"I'll say my piece on Randy Couture, and after today, I'll never mention him again," said White. "The bottom-line is this - when that whole thing went down with Randy years ago, we weren't on the best of terms.
"Now, before that happened, Randy Couture was on the Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell deal. He was getting a salary, he was in with the company, he was one of those guys. Then he tries to do all this stuff, pull all this bulls--- with Affliction, loses, and comes back. So, it took me a long time to warm up to him.
"His lawyer, who I can't stand, is calling our lawyer every day, saying, 'We want to come back, we want that job again, we want to work for the UFC,' and all this stuff. Finally, I just say, 'yes,' and give him the FOX deal. He doesn't even finish his contract - he's got one more fight left - and he bails on the contract to go do this.
"Randy Couture has this 'Captain America' image and stuff like that, but he is not a good guy. He has never been a good guy. And I'm actually, and I mean this, I couldn't mean it anymore - I am happy that he went there. I'm happy he is there. I never have to deal with Randy Couture ever again.... Talk to 99 percent of the people who know him and you'll see..."
“I would say when that whole lawsuit went down, when he lied about his numbers and lied about a lot of things, went into court and it didn’t work out for him, I say that’s when I really got to know him. And when that whole thing went down, I was the guy that he was attacking.
“It’s easy if you look at me and the way that I am in public. It’s easy to say, ‘Oh, this is the guy we can attack and make me look good.’ Of course everybody’s going to side on Randy.”