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.”