Ryan Couture got some devastating news when he found out he was cut from the UFC after back-to-back losses against Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta. Many wondered if his departure had anything to do with the ongoing feud between UFC president Dana White and Ryan’s father, Randy Couture.
Ryan Couture was undeterred though, and promised that he would come back a better fighter.
The first step in his journey back to the UFC will be a bout against Kyle Sjafiroeddin at Battlegrounds MMA 3, his first since his UFC loss in August. The even will take place on January 18 at the Riverwind Hotel & Casino in Norman, Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, it will not be televised, so if you want to see his return, you’ll need to buy a ticket.
Couture’s career had a promising start as he quickly picked up a 6-1 record in Strikeforce, including a win over UFC vet K.J. Noons. That success didn’t translate to the octagon when the UFC ingested Strikeforce though, as he was TKO’d in his bout with Ross Pearson, before losing a decision to TUF finalist Al Iauinta.
His upcoming opponent, Kyle Sjafiroeddin, will be a big step back in competition from the UFC. However, he should not be taken lightly. With a 4-4 record, Sjafiroeddin will have a slight edge in experience over Couture. He most recently lost by submission to Zac Church at a Rage in the Cage event in June.
Battlegrounds MMA is a smaller promotion founded by Olympic gold medalist Kenny Monday. It is managed by former Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou.