Strikeforce’s Ryan Couture: More Than Randy’s Kid

March 2, 2012
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Ryan Couture, son of UFC legend Randy Couture, has dealt with the scrutiny of being his father’s son since starting his MMA career in August 2010.

In his time as a pro, both fans and media criticized the young Couture for being given too much too early – born with an MMA silver spoon, if you will.

But Couture realized he’d have to deal with this long before becoming a pro. People were going to be critical and he understands that fact to this day. In facts, he is fully aware that some anticipate the Las Vegas fighter’s demise, simply because he is who he is.

“Being Randy’s kid brings a lot of expectation and a lot of baggage with it,” Couture told “Certain people are almost excited to see me fail so they can tell that story.”

While most MMA fighters build their reputations through the regional MMA circuits and smaller promotions, Couture’s first fight came in Strikeforce through their Challengers brand. He got to skip a lot of the sparse local crowds and immediately performed for thousands of people on a premium cable channel in Showtime.

To his naysayers and other fighters in similar stages in their careers, this might seem unfair.

“I was signed to a major promotion for my first pro fight and got to skip ahead of the line on a lot of paying… dues, so to speak.” he said. “Some take offense to that.”

But just because Couture got to skip out on what other fighters have to endure early on doesn’t mean he’s unfairly privileged. The lightweight is still in the gym every day preparing for his fights, just like every other lightweight in the division. You’ll still find him at Xtreme Couture putting in work during sparring sessions, just like every other fighter at that gym.

Couture isn’t just daddy’s little boy; he’s putting in the time in the places it counts.

“I put in the work in the gym, that’s the big thing,” he responded when asked about how how critics view him. “They can say what they want about opportunities I’ve been given that they might not feel I deserve. But at the end of the day, I have to work hard and I have to earn those opportunities or they’re going to run dry.

“I’m in the gym, busting my ass just like any other fighter.”

When Couture fights Conor Heun this Saturday, March 3, at Strikeforce Tate vs. Rousey, he’ll be out to prove, once again, he’s more than just ‘Randy’s kid.’

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  • fitefan

    I’ve seen him fight twice. Both times he exhibited superior position control with getting the back, rolling into mount and then back on the back as his opponents try to escape. And both times he struggled immensly to secure a submission.
    I mean he couldn’t secure a submission or a stoppage due to strikes with a full 4 minutes of either back control or the mount. He’s physically weak, and if he can’t get ALOT stronger he isn’t going to get very far.
    The second fight I watched Ryan spent two full rounds on this guys back and his opponent looked like he was going to knock Ryan out punching backwards over his head. Ryan’s face was bloodied and swollen and his opponent didn’t even look like he was in a fight. Ryan appeared to be in more trouble on this guys back than his opponnent was.
    And Ryan fades toward the end of the round, allowing his opponent to turn into his gaurd adn deliver some gnp, only to get saved by the bell.

  • mmachoman

    Sure, jumping straight to Strikeforce may be considered being given a silver spoon, but in MMA, it’s been said that, “You’re only as good as your last fight.” Therefore, if he proves that he truly belongs in the organization with good performances against top contenders, he’ll legitimize having skipped over the smaller organizations.

  • phrankthetank

    I like the way he fights but I think Connor huen is going to come at him with a relentless pace and dictate this fight

  • Heun is legit and this will be a big test for Couture.