UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture recently announced he had signed a deal with Spike TV to participate in a variety of efforts in the MMA space. Spike is the new home to Bellator MMA; each is owned by the media conglomerate Viacom.
An irate UFC president Dana White said that Couture was no longer welcome at the promotion's events.
In a media call today, Couture discussed the development, and much more. Highlights of the Q&A included:
•Couture is asked about the decision to leave the UFC. Says that he is honored to come home to Spike, because they helped change the landscape for MMA, and helped make it what it is today.
•"This is a chance to create more opportunities for more athletes in mixed martial arts."
•As far as his son Ryan staying with UFC, Randy says his son is his own man, and that it has almost been a burden for him to carry the Couture name. Says he is very excited for son, notes they certainly had some heart to heart conversations about it. Says Ryan was fine with him taking this job.
•Randy doesn't have answer to whether or not he'll be able to corner son. Says it's an athletic commission issue.
•Couture says "In a lot ways, I have to thank Dana White for making this transition easy," citing extra media attention.
•Randy Couture says this deal didn't come together as fast as people think. Took time to decide, especially considering the Zuffa fall out.
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