There was a good chunk of time where Randy Couture’s name was synonymous with the UFC and it still is in some circles. He earned legendary status under the organization’s banner with a number of impressive wins and landed titles in two weight-classes, plus spent a solid chunk of time on air as a broadcaster as well as doing work outside it as an ambassador of MMA. However, Couture’s actual relationship with the UFC – and company head Dana White – has been rocky for a long time.
Things boiled over earlier this year when Couture opted to sign a deal with Bellator, serving as a coach on the promotion’s reality show and developing other programming with Spike TV. Unfortunately, it also came at the same time as his son Ryan Couture crossed over from Strikeforce to the UFC. As a result, Couture is unable to corner the 30-year old lightweight and is concerned the situation could impact his kid’s chance of success in the Octagon.
“With Ryan competing and not allowing me to continue to progress and work with my son in his fight career, it’s ridiculous and that bothers me,” admitted Couture to The MMA Hour. “It bothers me that he could affect my son’s livelihood. My son has earned his spot. Ryan has done the work, he has the passion for the sport and he’s doing all of the right things. So for him to be hindered and hampered by Dana and Dana’s feelings towards me, it isn’t fair and that bothers me.”
“When you start talking about somebody’s kids and their family, yeah, you’re crossing the line,” he concluded. “I don’t think he would like it if I did those sorts of things to him. I know his wife, I know his kids. He’s got my son’s fate in his hands in some way here.”
The younger Couture has only fought once in the UFC, falling to Ross Pearson a few months ago. He has yet to be booked for a second scrap.