Despite having an MMA icon as his father and coach, Ryan Couture was just never able to get things going in the UFC. Couture chalked up an impressive 6-1 record in Strikeforce, before being picked up by the UFC during the 2011 Zuffa acquisition. Since then though, he’s failed to pick up a victory, dropping back to back losses at UFC 164 and UFC on Fuel TV 9.
It doesn’t help either that his father, Randy Couture, and UFC president Dana White are presently feuding. Couture was recently banned from attending UFC events after signing a broadcasting deal with rival promotion Bellator, and was even prevented from attending as Ryan Couture’s corner man. Randy Couture called this move, “over the line,” and it’s tough not to agree with that on a professional level.
Ryan Couture most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Al Iaquinta, and earlier this year was defeated by Ross Pearson via TKO. He currently holds a 6-3 record.
Couture’s manager Sam Spira has reported that following this loss, his fighter has been released from his UFC contract. Spira states that Couture will now look to gain more experience at smaller shows before taking a second stab at a UFC career.
He’s running out of time though. At 31 years old, Couture isn’t getting any younger.