Ryan Couture Discusses His UFC Release – Possible Drop to 145
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.16.2013
See what he had to say…
- Ryan Couture recently spoke about his UFC release and more. Here are the highlights…
On His UFC Release: "I expected it. Not many people get to go 0-2 in the UFC and keep their job, so it's time to go back and make some adjustments in training, go get some wins and build myself back up and work my way back up to the top."
On UFC's 155 Division Being so Competitive: "I don't know how they would have matched me up or who they would have given to me," Couture said. "I think there's so many guys on the roster who have to keep moving, and there's no room for guys who don't perform, and that's the category I landed in."
On How UFC Buying Strikeforce Changing His Career Path: "I sort of skipped a developmental phase in my career when Zuffa bought out Strikeforce," said Couture, whose first seven fights came in the since-shuttered promotion. "The roster got really steep, and the level of competition just went up and up. I think I may have missed out on some valuable experience because of that, so now I've just got to figure out what makes sense for my long-term goals."
On a Possible Drop to 145: "It would be possible to make 145 and I've thought about it because it wouldn't be too tough to move from lightweight," Couture said. "But looking at the way I match up, I may be giving up some strength at lightweight, but I don't feel like that has cost me yet. I would definitely be giving up a lot of speed at 145, and that would be a lot harder for me to compensate for."