Former UFC champion Randy Couture wants to make one thing clear to UFC president Dana White: he has not signed any sort of deal with Bellator MMA.
Couture, while appearing on Knockout Radio (thanks to MMAWeekly.com for the quotes) recently, stated that his new contract is with Spike TV, not Bellator.
“I have to clarify that because my deal is with Spike. It’s for TV shows, both scripted and unscripted potential shows,” Couture stated. “I’ve never been to Bellator. That was the first time I’ve ever met (Bellator CEO) Bjorn (Rebney), was at the press conference (held Tuesday), so I’m not involved in any way, shape or form with Bellator – just to clarify that.”
Couture will be working with Bellator, though, in terms of an upcoming reality series. He will be one of four coaches leading fighters as they pursue a spot in a future Bellator tournament.
Couture made sure to point out that maybe White misunderstood the situation when he blasted “The Natural” last week.
“My deal is to train athletes for this reality show that will get the opportunity to fight in the tournament for Bellator, and that’s about the extend of my commitment, at least at this stage,” Couture said. “I think that is a distinction that is largely misunderstood and maybe lost on Dana. He’s not one for details. But at the end of the day, that’s the reality of it.”
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