It was recently reported that the UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture signed on to coach for the Bellator Fighting Championships’ new reality show that will be featured on Spike TV. At the UFC 156 media day Dana White made it clear he was not surprised, and said Couture isn’t what he seems. He thinks the real Randy Couture doesn’t match his public persona.
“Randy Couture comes off as the greatest guy in the world, Captain America. He’s the furthest thing from it, and I’m happy to not be in business with him anymore,” said White during the UFC 156 media day on Thursday. “Now I don’t have to be in business with him ever again.”
The UFC President’s comments are surprising to most MMA fans, and me, but he maintains it will not be shocking at all to people who actually know Randy Couture.
“99.9 percent of the people, that won’t be shocking at all, people that actually know him, not people who watch him on TV,” said White.
Randy Couture is one of the most loved MMA fighters in history and is a former two-division UFC champion. Only he and BJ Penn have ever accomplished that feat in the UFC. Couture holds the record for most championship fights in the UFC history with 15 title bouts.
Randy Couture is a legend in MMA, but Dana White says he didn’t get to know the “real” Couture until 2007. On October 11, 2007, Couture up and left the UFC, which lead the two sides into a legal dispute. Couture essentially lost the court battle and returned to the UFC in 2008.
“When that whole lawsuit went down, when he lied about his numbers, and lied about a lot of things, went into court and it didn’t work out for him, I’d say that’s when I really got to know him,” said the UFC president.
Whether or not we know the “real” Randy Couture would probably change depending on whom you talk to, but everyone can agree that Randy Couture is a legend in MMA. Whoever ends up on Couture’s team in the new Bellator reality show will definitely improve and learn from one of the best. A press conference is scheduled next week to announce Couture’s partnership with Spike TV and Bellator.Tags: Dana White, mma, MMA NEWS, randy couture, ufc, ufc 156, ufc news