Former UFC champion Randy Couture has never failed to follow his own path despite being a member of the UFC’s Hall of Fame.

Sports Illustrated confirmed in a report on Tuesday that Couture has signed a deal to be part of the upcoming Bellator MMA reality series on Spike TV. The series begins shooting next month and airs later in 2013, with Couture likely serving as a coach.

Couture and members of Viacom, which owns and operates Spike TV, will be holding a conference call next Tuesday to make the deal official. The report stated that “The Natural” signed with the television network in late December.

The 49-year-old Couture retired in 2011 following a loss to Lyoto Machida. He held both the UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight titles, amassing an overall record of 19-11.

However, Couture has never been one to avoid controversy within the UFC. He left the promotion in 2007 after failing to come to an agreement as champion, only to return the next year.