Following a disappointing two fight run in the UFC that saw him lose back-to-back fights for the only time in his career, lightweight prospect Ryan Couture rebounded this year with two straight wins.
So far in 2014, Couture is pleased with how he’s been performing and is anticipating good things when he makes is Bellator debut on Friday night.
“I’ve gotten off to a great start,” said Couture. “I got a submission win over in Battlegrounds MMA in January, and then followed that up with another one in May.
“I’m looking forward to getting back on a big show, in a televised fight and try to continue my momentum from my first two fights this year.”
For Couture, making the step back up into a national promotion is important for his continued quest to establish his own identity as a fighter.
“It’s huge,” Couture told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m really excited to have such a great platform to showcase my skills and equal talent to compete against. There are a lot of fun challenges and exciting opportunities in Bellator.”
This Friday in Plymouth, Mich., Couture (8-3) was originally supposed to face John Schultz, but due to health issues will now fight Tom Bagnasco (3-2).
Even with the late change in opponent, Couture’s game plan isn’t altered.
“I like to fight in the clinch and I like to fight on the ground, so I’m looking forward to going head to head and see who’s better that night,” said Couture. “I think it’s going to make for a competitive and exciting match-up.”
Now that he’s back on track, Couture is ready to start making waves in Bellator, starting with a victory on Friday night.
“Most important is to go out and get the win, but it being my first fight in a new promotion, back on television, it’s important for me to go out and put a stamp on it as well,” he said. “I’m going to go out and put my absolute best foot forward and really try to make this a dominant win.
“(A dominant win) establishes my presence in Bellator and hopefully springboards me to the next step, the next rung in the ladder, and hopefully lines me up for a bigger fight next time. I’m just trying to take those little steps up and eventually work my way to the top.”