Spike TV Airing Ryan Couture Message During Ink Master on Saturday
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.29.2013
Couture’s manager said it’s a result of the Randy Couture/UFC feud…
Spike TV is reportedly airing an episode of Ink Master on Saturday with a message on Xtreme Couture and UFC lightweight fighter, Ryan Couture, son of former UFC champion, Randy Couture.
Spike TV executives have reportedly said the message will read, "Tonight's broadcast of 'Ink Master' brought to you by Xtreme Couture MMA on behalf of its fighter Ryan Couture."
Ryan Couture is slated to fight Al Iaquinta in the Facebook prelims on UFC 164 on Saturday. Previously, after Randy Couture opted to take a coaching position on the Fight Master reality series for rival MMA promotion, Bellator MMA, and signed a multi-year deal with the former partners of the UFC in Spike TV, Couture was barred from cornering his son at UFC events.
The message will reportedly run "multiple times throughout the night in primetime." The block of the show is set to run from 4Pm to 11PM on Saturday, concurrent with the time that UFC 164 will air with prelims at 8PM ET and the PPV at 10PM ET.
Sam Spira, who represents both Coutures, the message is said to be a show of support for Ryan due to UFC's decision that prevents him from using the logo of Randy Couture's gym, Xtreme Couture, on his shorts or sponsor banner. Spira said, "They won't let him put a logo on his shorts that acknowledges where he trains, like every other fighter. This is about Randy and Xtreme Couture MMA. Ryan has nothing to do with this."
Spira added: "To sit there and watch that, and yet at the same time not even be able to put a tiny little logo on [Couture]'s shorts and banner when he's fighting on the Facebook card? It seems to me they (UFC officials) are the ones who made a decision about what the relationship they want to have with Ryan is."
When asked on if he is concerned how UFC would react to the move, Spira stated: "I think we're reacting to their reaction. We're doing this because they've refused to allow him to acknowledge where he trains. We happen to have another venue that is maybe not accessible to other fighters, so we're going to celebrate that and acknowledge that in another venue. Had they allowed us to, we wouldn't need to."