Couture: I wanted to be in the UFC no matter what

Monday, February 11, 2013

It was only about two weeks ago when Ryan Couture spoke to Dana White on the phone. The conversation is a blur. But during the brief exchange, White told Couture that his father, MMA great Randy Couture, was no longer welcome in the UFC, but that he was, as long as he wanted to honor his contract and fight in the octagon.

That was all Ryan had to hear. Regardless of the corresponding drawbacks involved, it was his dream to fight in the UFC, to compete against the best, and he didn’t see any reason that an issue between his father and White should derail those plans.

“I wanted to be in the UFC no matter what,” he said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “My mind was made up on that before he ever called.”

So that part of the discussion came as a relief to 30-year-old Ryan Couture, who had fought in Strikeforce seven times before the promotion was gobbled up and absorbed by the UFC.

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