Well, so much for being civil. Randy Couture is finally speaking out on why he left the UFC. Dana White was not shy on his feelings towards Couture, stating that he was “only honorable when he stepped into the cage.”Many thought the former two-division UFC champion would speak out at the Spike TV/Bellator press conference, but it did not happen. However, Couture did an interview with the Sirius Satellite Fight Club program where he opened up on the situation.
“I gave the UFC and Dana every opportunity to find a way to significantly use me since I retired a year and a half ago. They acted like they were doing me a favor by giving me the four events on FOX a year as a commentator. In my opinion and estimation, (that’s) not a terribly significant role in the organization, and the company of ZUFFA. So I tried like hell to get them to keep me with the company in some significant way and they had nothing for me.”
Also, according to Couture he let the UFC know it was a possibility he would be pulled into another channel. All this despite claims that White tried to get a hold of Couture, and he promised that he was not going anywhere.
“I made them aware that this offer had come onto the table, that the TV thing was heating up for me, that there were significant offers being pushed to me, but I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to even hear those pitches and could not tell them specifically what was going on or who was offering what. So, you know, in my professional estimation, they had an opportunity to keep me and use me.”
Couture says he was not able to tell who was trying to sign him even though White had heard through the grapevine that is was Spike or Bellator. The worst part was after he announced his signing with the rival promotion the UFC went and gave Matt Hughes a job. Supposedly the Hughes deal had been in place for a few months, but that is not what Couture sees in the job offering.
“They chose not to, and a week later, after this whole thing leaks, they give a job to Matt Hughes in a significant fashion. Frankly that was a big ‘f–k you’ to me from Dana. And that’s exactly what he intended to do.”