Hughes: Tito, Couture paying the price for not being loyal


Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, and Tito Ortiz are members of the UFC Hall of Fame. However, Hughes is currently Vice President of Athletic Development for the world's dominant league, whereas Couture and Ortiz are exiled.

In an interview with MMAinterviews Spencer Lazara, Hughes says the pair are to blame.

"Recently we've had some guys coming out about wanting to come to the 20th anniversary show - some other legends like yourself, because they're not part of the UFC. Does that ever make you sad?" asked Lazara. "That some of these legends like Randy Couture, some of these other legends like yourself, are not sort of part of the UFC anymore?"

Hughes placed the responsibility on Ortiz and Couture.

"The way I look at it, it was kind of their decision," said Hughes. "Randy sued the UFC, he's left the UFC, so he should know that there's going to be a little bad blood there from what's happened. I'm not saying the UFC's never done anything to Randy, that just comes to mind.

"Tito, the same way. I think he's badmouthed the UFC a little bit. So  I would say about the UFC, 'if you're good to them, they're good to you.' Those guys, there's certain times in their careers, weren't loyal to the UFC. So now they're paying the price."


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HarryPalms site profile image  

11/13/13 4:27 PM by HarryPalms

It just goes to show that they will alwyas put the business ahead of the sport, and its a damn shame for fans of the sport.Can you imagine a Hall of Fame NBA player not being invited to a big anniversary because he had a minor fall out with the president?Its unthinkable that it would happen in any real major sport.As if Shaq wouldn't be invited back to a 20th anniversary celebration of the Lakers titles because he moved on and might have had some comments to make about the Lakers.These things continue to be ridiculous, running a major international sport on whims and grudges.

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

11/12/13 11:51 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

Don't mess with the pesky little facts.  Dana already told the idiots on the UG how they should feel about Randy and the situation.  Not many on here that are capable of thinking for themselves.

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11/12/13 11:51 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

Voted up and well said.

UGCTT_granite007 site profile image  

11/12/13 11:47 PM by UGCTT_granite007

Now that was a solid interview. To the point and about the fighter.

Jimmy Recard site profile image  

11/12/13 11:42 PM by Jimmy Recard

I don't think Randy and Tito are disloyal, there's no loyalty in business. When it was time Zuffa no longer had a use for them, loyalty had nothing to do with their decision not to give them "significant roles". In no way do I blame Randy in his decision NOT to sell his likeness/image, especially if it ruled him out of making money off it himself..... no way a corporate entity should get to "own" a person, that is insanity.I know the saying "nobodies bigger than the company" but it's not like you could've taken those two out of shows, who would they get to replace them draw wise. They did a lot for the brand of UFC as well.

Chappie site profile image  

11/12/13 11:03 PM by Chappie

I think that Hughes might be a little confused on who sued who. It wasn't Randy who filed suit against Zuffa, it was the other way around.Zuffa LLC vs Randy CoutureClark County District Court No. 08A555208

ChokeEmOut site profile image  

11/12/13 10:57 PM by ChokeEmOut

That's a real sport though

Jimmy Recard site profile image  

11/12/13 10:33 PM by Jimmy Recard

Lol at "wwe fighters"

RampageFitsLikeAGlove site profile image  

11/12/13 7:10 PM by RampageFitsLikeAGlove

So I just want to list a couple things.  You guys say Randy was disloyal and bit the hand that fed him.  Below is what he had done wrong. -  Wanted to keep his image/ancillary rights when UFC took over a decade ago.  You guys think he should have happily signed those away like other fighters did.  He stuck up for himself and did what was best for his image and career.  That was wrong according to you and what started his problems with Zuffa/Dana. -  Had a contract dispute regarding money.  You guys think he should have happily taken what Dana wanted to pay him and not what he thought he was worth.  Remember, the MANY threads on here about low fighter pay. -  He wanted to stay with the UFC and waited around for a year and a half for a "significant" position.  It was never offered.  So instead of moving on with what is best for his career, you think he should have sat around and been happy working 4 days per year.   You guys honestly take Dana's side with regards to the above?

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11/12/13 7:04 PM by 2JupitersTooMany

This is coming from a guy without his own brand of cologne.