When Ryan Couture, now 31, made the UFC after a successful tenure at Strikeforce, his father Randy Couture had begun to work for UFC rival Bellator. UFC president Dana White let the younger Couture know that while he had a job, his father was not welcome in the corner.
Ryan went 0-2 in the UFC, and was released, but in an interview with Elias Cepeda, now working for Yahoo Sports' CageWriter, Ryan said he does not regret agreeing to the UFC's terms.
“I don’t regret the approach we took. I still don’t feel a need to be on anyone’s s--- list,” Ryan says with a chuckle.“Besides, with dad’s schedule and how often he has to be out of town, even the country, there’s no guarantee he would have been able to make my fights anyway. So, it might have been a fight for no reason.”
“My manager got a call from Joe Silva who told him that they liked me and the way I did things but that they have a lot of guys right now and they just don’t have anything for me right now and that I should go build myself back up with some more wins. That’s what I expected after losing two fights in a row.”
“I’m disappointed in myself for not performing as well as I could have. I know I can do better."
The younger Couture doesn’t yet know where he’ll be fighting next. Mid-level promotions like Bellator and the World Series of Fighting pay pretty well but their contracts may be difficult to get out of should the UFC ever become interested in Ryan again.
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