Dana White blasts Randy Couture for move to Bellator

Randy Couture - UFCNews recently surfaced stating UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture had opted to sign a deal with Viacom, agreeing to work with Spike TV and the Bellator brand. With the UFC and Spike TV butting heads since the two split more than a year ago, Couture is now in the peculiar position of permanently burning his bridges with the organization he built his name in.

UFC President Dana White addressed the issue this week to a group of media members at UFC 156 where he erased any doubt about his disgust with Couture’s decision.

“Randy Couture has this ‘Captain America’ image and stuff like that, but he is not a good guy. He has never been a good guy,” said White. “To 99.9 percent of the people, that won’t be shocking at all…people that actually know him, not people who watch him on TV.”

White went on to explain Couture had bailed on a contract to cover fights on FOX, stating he was happy to never have to work with the former champion again.

Couture is expected to be featured on Bellator’s upcoming reality show as well as help produce other programming for Spike TV. A conference call announcing the specifics is set for next week.

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8 COMMENTS
  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    This seems a case of two huge egos not being able to exist in the same orbit. This really isn’t that big of a deal.
    Couture is retired and wants to have a bigger role in the behind the scenes part of it. He may be an asshole, I don’t know, but we all know Dana can be an asshole as well.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I was waiting for an article on his opinions, I’m sure this won’t be the last one, I am kinda surprised it took dana so long to publicly make a statement though. And if Courture really did bail on a contract then wouldn’t that be grounds for suing for breach of contract? I’d think if that happened Dana would more then happy make it public

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Just the latest episode of Dana using the public forum to bash a guy rather than actually handle something man to man. Not everything needs to be hashed out publicly, but that’s a foreign concept to a cunt promoter like Dana.

    I was never a big Couture fan, thought he was/is overhyped, but the UFC had him by the balls while he was under contract and they burned that bridge. Randy might be an asshole but in this case he’s simply moved on, hasn’t said a word about the UFC but–just like AO had predicted–Dana cant avoid spewing more of his shit.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    About the Couture being not a good guy, that may or may not be true. Looking at it objectively it could be possible because Randy is a stubborn strong willed person, so that could be looked upon as bad to some people. But looking at Dana’s track history of throwing anyone and everyone under the bus (not base faust) when he’s upset, can we really trust his word on Randy being not a good guy. Added in there’s the whole massive public opinion, people in interviews, fighters, training partners, everyone rarely if ever has something bad to say about Randy.
    While they could be told to cover it up, that many people over so long, someone would of talked by now, and word would of gotten out.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    Agree with Alpha. Randy was pretty upfront about his douchery in his book, but being an asshat wasn’t something he brought up.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Great, more shirt disturbing! :P

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Aw I should of put that in there too, man I missed a golden opportunity.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I just heard a rumor, so take that with a grain of salt. What I heard was that Dana has forbidden Couture from cornering his son in the UFC, and also banned him from ever buying a ticket to any shows/events.

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