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Randy Couture pleased with son following him into MMA

Some parents might look at the sport of mixed martial arts and be scared of what could happen to their children if they became involved.

Randy Couture is not your typical parent.

As a former UFC champion in two divisions, and a member of the Hall of Fame, “The Natural” has come to embrace his son, Ryan Couture, joining the ranks of professional MMA. The younger Couture is currently 5-1 in his professional career, including a recent victory over Joe Duarte on a Strikeforce card.

“I’m kind of making up for some lost time in a lot of ways,” said Randy in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “Most people don’t get that opportunity, but I’ve been fortunate to have him as close as I get to have him to me right now. I’m just enjoying the ride.”

The elder Couture has remained retired since a loss to Lyoto Machida in 2011. Along with helping train his son, he still works at his Xtreme Couture gym and has a booming movie career that includes roles in The Expendables franchise.

“I try to stay out of the way as much as possible,” the seasoned veteran admitted. “It’s already a burden dragging around the last name. In some ways, it slapped a target on him from the jump; (but) he takes all that in stride.”

Couture, a Strikeforce lightweight, has not been linked to any future fights though it seems likely he will compete sooner than later.


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