Former UFC champion Randy Couture has had issues with the UFC and UFC president Dana White in the past.
After it was revealed that Couture signed a deal with Bellator and Viacom recently, it appears as if that bridge between Couture and the UFC is up in flames – for good.
White informed reporters following media day at UFC 156 Thursday that he would talk about Couture for one final time, and he let the sparks fly.
I’ll say my peace on Randy Couture, and after today, I’ll never mention him again. The bottom-line is this: when that whole thing went down with Randy years ago, we weren’t on the best of terms. Now, before that happened, Randy Couture was on the Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell deal. He was getting a salary, he was in with the company, he was one of those guys. Then he tries to do all this stuff, pull all this bullshit with Affliction, loses and comes back. So, it took me a long time to warm up to him.
His lawyer, who I can’t stand, calling our lawyer every day, saying, ‘We want to come back, we want that job again, we want to work for the UFC,’ and all this stuff. Finally, I just say, ‘yes,’ and give him the FOX deal. He doesn’t even finish his contract, he’s got one more fight left, and he bails on the contract to go do this.
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. And I’m actually, and I mean this, I couldn’t mean it anymore: I am happy that he went there. I’m happy he is there. I never have to deal with Randy Couture ever again. Talk to 99-percent of the people who know him and you’ll see.
So, it appears as if we have seen the last of Couture. One has to wonder if this will have any impact on his son, Ryan, or if White will treat him like any other fighter?
Couture is expected to be part of the upcoming Bellator reality series, along with other projects for Spike TV and the MMA promotion.