Randy Couture Leaves The UFC For Bellator, Dana White RIPS Him
When you think of Randy Couture, you think of the UFC. COuture is a UFC Hall of Famer, he was a coach in the first season of “The Ultimate Fighter, and he was a champion in two weight classes. However, in a crazy twist, Couture has ditched his broadcasting duties with the UFC to go work with Bellator.
Couture signed a contract with Bellator to work as a coach in their upcoming reality series, and UFC President Dana White finally offered an opinion, and it was predictably scathing…
“Randy Couture comes off as the greatest guy in the world – Captain America,” White said. “He’s the furthest thing from it, and I’m happy that I don’t have to be in business with him anymore. Now I don’t ever have to be in business with him again,” White said.
This isn’t the first time Randy Couture has had a contractual dispute with the UFC. In 2007, Couture and the UFC went to court over contractual issues, and Dana White is still bitter…
“I would say 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 say that’s when I really got to know him,” he said. “And when that whole thing went down, I was the guy he was attacking.
“It’s easy if you look at me and the way that I am in public, it’s easy to say, ‘Oh, this is the guy we can attack and make me look good.’ Of course, everybody’s going to side with Randy.
“This guy that he’s playing out to be this horrible human being, there were a lot of things that happened in there, but the nail in the coffin was, if I’m this horrible, despicable human being that he speaks about … when he was in town … him and his wife were in town when he had just had a brand new baby, they’re down in Las Vegas filming ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ – would you drop your baby off at that guy’s house to watch your brand new baby, and leave him there overnight and come pick him up the next day?”
I have to admit, I was absolutely shocked when I heard Couture was leaving the UFC to work with Bellator. It’s a total slap in the face to the UFC, and the timing is particularly strange. Since retiring after being KO’d by Lyoto Machina at UFC 129, Couture has worked as an on-air analyst for the UFC in each of their first five UFC on FOX broadcasts.
So why did Couture leave for Bellator? The simple answer has to be money. Couture’s track record suggest he follows money, and Bellator clearly made an offer he couldn’t refuse. From Bellator’s perspective, this is a no brainer. They just poached one of the UFC’s biggest superstars and it will definitely help ratings for their reality show.
My thoughts? The fight business is a dirty, dirty business.