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Couture Exploring Options After “Expected” UFC Release

Kelsey Mowatt

Ryan Couture

After starting out 2013 with a split decision win over KJ Noons, Ryan Couture proceeded to drop bouts to Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta in the Octagon, and the lightweight was released. Due to the fact Couture has put together a 6-3 record while competing for Strikeforce and the UFC, and because he’s the son of MMA star Randy Couture, other big name promotions are sure to come calling.

The 31 year-old recently appeared on MMA Radio, and he had this to say about Bellator and World Series of Fighting, who likely will inquire about Couture.

“I think there’s a future in both of those organizations,” Couture said. “We just have to talk to them and kind of see what they want to do, see what their interest level is.

“The UFC’s definitely not the only show in town, so I think I can make a good living in another organization.”

And did Couture think he would be released? Following his UD loss to Iaquinta at UFC 164? The Las Vegas fighter noted “I expected it. Not many people get to go 0-2 in the UFC and keep their job…”

One would think Couture might be more interested in Bellator, due to his Father’s role with SPIKE TV, but you never know. Not every fighter is down for Bellator’s tourney formats.

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