Couture Feels Shafted by UFC Once Again
The seemingly endless saga of White vs. Couture continues as "The Natural" strikes again by expressing his opinion on Matt Hughes' new position in the UFC.
Dana White was not the only person who believed that Randy Couture's recent alignment with Spike TV and Bellator was highly influenced by the back and forth blame game between the UFC President and Hall of Famer concerning who is responsible for the complete obliteration of any sort of partnership the two previously shared.
This is why Couture is now under the impression that Dana White appointing the legendary welterweight as Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations was surely an act of revenge for Couture's contract with a competing network and promotion. On a recent appearance on Sirius XM Fight Club, the former heavyweight champion discussed how he can't help but take offense to the UFC giving Hughes a job but refusing to give any similar opportunities to Couture himself.
"I gave the UFC and Dana every opportunity to find a way to significantly use me since I retired a year and a half ago. They acted like they were doing me a favor by giving me the four events on FOX a year as a commentator. In my opinion and estimation, (that's) not a terribly significant role in the organization, and the company of ZUFFA. So I tried like hell to get them to keep me with the company in some significant way and they had nothing for me. I made them aware that this offer had come onto the table, that the TV thing was heating up for me, that there were significant offers being pushed to me, but I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to even hear those pitches and could not tell them specifically what was going on or who was offering what. So, you know, in my professional estimation, they had an opportunity to keep me and use me. They chose not to, and a week later, after this whole thing leaks, they give a job to Matt Hughes in a significant fashion. Frankly that was a big ‘f--k you' to me from Dana. And that's exactly what he intended to do."
White and Couture's relationship was already crumbling a year and a half ago, however, so it seems odd that Couture thought White would do him any favors whatsoever at this time. Couture seems to think that all the attention he's getting from the entertainment industry would only make White want to have him back in the business even more, but he is finally figuring out that this couldn't be further from the truth.
But it's safe to say that many UFC fighters would rather see Couture in the front office as opposed to the controversial country boy.
Stay tuned for the next episode of this ongoing (and strangely amusing) feud.