Couture dropped from UFC roster

It was never going to be an easy road to walk for Ryan Couture.
Son of a legend, progeny of a persona non grata, his path to
success had plenty of obstacles before it. After an 0-2 stretch in
the octagon, he’ll be forced to start back anew. Couture was
released from the UFC early this week, FOX Sports has
confirmed.

Like his father before him, the lightweight began his
professional career later than most. He was nearly 28 when he made
his debut, and got off to a strong start, performing well in
Strikeforce with a 6-1 record before UFC owners Zuffa bought the
promotion and absorbed it, acquiring his contract in the
process.

In his first venture in the octagon, Couture lost an admittedly
difficult debut against Ross Pearson, losing via TKO. Then in
August, he took a unanimous decision loss to Al Iaquinta at UFC
164.

In addition to the expectations placed upon him, he was faced
with an uncomfortable situation due to the ongoing rivalry between
his father Randy and UFC president Dana White, which culminated in
White saying Randy was banned from UFC shows and therefore could
not corner Ryan.

After that proclamation, Ryan leaned more heavily on ground
coach Neil Melanson and striking coach Tim Lane for corner advice,
but there’s no denying that he could have benefited from the
experience of his one of the sport’s all-time greats.

In a recent response to a fan about his release, Couture
tweeted, “It’s all good. I didn’t perform so
that’s what happens. I’ll land on my feet.”