Former UFC champion Randy Couture is now a proud member of the Spike TV family, and he isn’t looking back.
However, “The Natural” recently appeared on The MMA Hour to discuss exactly why he isn’t part of the UFC’s executive front office like fellow hall of famers Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell.
Couture will be part of the Bellator MMA series Fight Master, which will be similar to The Ultimate Fighter. Below is what he had to say about Hughes becoming the vice president of fighter relations recently:
I gave the UFC and Dana every opportunity to find a way to significantly use me since I retired a year and a half ago. They acted like they were doing me a favor by giving me the four events on FOX a year as a commentator. In my opinion and estimation, not a terribly significant role in the organization, and the company of Zuffa.
So I tried like hell to get them to keep me with the company in some significant way and they had nothing for me. I made them aware that this offer had come onto the table, that the TV thing was heating up for me, that there were significant offers being pushed to me, but I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to even hear those pitches and could not tell them specifically what was going on or who was offering what.
So, you know, in my professional estimation, they had an opportunity to keep me and use me. They chose not to, and a week later, after this whole thing leaks, they give a job to Matt Hughes in a significant fashion. Frankly that was a big f*ck you to me from Dana. And that’s exactly what he intended to do.
That’s the way it felt to me. I’ve been trying for over a year to get them to use me in some way, shape or form, and they chose not to. They didn’t have anything for me. They continually told me that. And then Matt announces his retirement, and within a week has a Vice President position for fighter relations. You tell me.