Ryan Couture’s UFC run didn’t go as according to plan, as after the lightweight dropped back-to-back bouts to Ross Pearson and most recently Al Iaquinta, he was let go. The 31 year-old lightweight was brought over from Strikeforce, where he had put together an impressive 6-1 record.
So did Couture see his release coming? While speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio, here is some of what the Las Vegas based fighter had to say:
“I expected it,” said Couture. “Not many people get to go 0-2 in the UFC and keep their job, so it’s time to go back and make some adjustments in training, go get some wins and build myself back up and work my way back up to the top.”
“I don’t know how they would have matched me up or who they would have given to me,” Couture said. “I think there’s so many guys on the roster who have to keep moving, and there’s no room for guys who don’t perform, and that’s the category I landed in.”
Of course, due to Couture’s run in Strikeforce and the fact he’s the son of MMA legend Randy Couture, chances are he won’t have to look to long for work. While discussing his future, and whether he might wind up with UFC competitors like Bellator or World Series of Fighting, Couture stated “We just have to talk to them and kind of see what they want to do, see what their interest level is.”
It will be interesting to see if Ryan decides to join Bellator, considering his Dad’s recent deal with SPIKE. One would think Viacom would be interested in having both men signed due to the promotional opportunities it would present.
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