Then again, it didn’t take a genius to figure that out, did it?
In an article by Josh Gross on Sherdog.com, Couture is quoted as saying some damning things about the UFC and how the organization has treated him in recent months.
In the statement released on Couture’s official website he alluded to his decision having to do with respect. Well, now we have a better idea of what he meant:
“…I’m tired of being taken advantage of, played as the nice guy and basically swimming against the current with the management of the UFC. I have a lot of other things going on in my life that I’m doing just fine with. I don’t need the problems. I don’t feel like I get the respect I deserve from the organization, and that’s motivation No. 2 for the letter of resignation that was sent today.”
Wait, it gets worse:
“I think the final straw for me was meeting with Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta, UFC co-owner) where they claimed I was the No. 2 paid athlete in the organization, which I know is a bold-faced lie,” Couture said. Polling other athletes, said Couture, he learned that his compensation — some $250,000 a fight with pay-per-view bonuses, according to the Couture camp — was nowhere near what other top UFC fighters were making.
“All us athletes are all pretty tightly intertwined,” he said. “You hear what other guys were paid signing bonuses and what other guys were paid on the record and off the record with bonuses. I’ve heard Chuck’s numbers. Tito’s numbers. Hughes’ numbers. Quinton’s numbers. Cro Cop, Wanderlei. I heard what they were offering Fedor, and it’s insulting.”
According to Gross’ article, Couture indicates he’s under contract to the UFC for nine more months. However, it’s unclear whether he will be a true free agent at that point because he’s still contracted to the UFC for two more fights and White asserted in his statement that Couture is still under contract to him.
Randy wants Fedor and he’s got the public on his side. There are people in this industry (Monte Cox comes to mind) who have gone head-to-head with Dana White and survived. However, I can’t really think of anyone who has gone against Dana and walked away a winner. Maybe Randy will be the first?
Welcome to the UFC’s worst nightmare. Things are going to get worse before they get better.