Ryan Couture

Ryan Couture

Ryan Couture
Born (1982-08-27) August 27, 1982 (age 31)
Edmonds, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Team Xtreme Couture
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 9
Wins 6
By knockout 1
By submission 2
By decision 3
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Notable relatives Randy Couture, father
Sherdog

Ryan Couture (born August 27, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He is the son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.[1]

Biography

Couture grew up in Woodinville, Washington and attended Woodinville High School. During his senior year, Couture placed third in the Washington State 4A wrestling championship. Couture attended Western Washington University from 2000 until 2004 and graduated with a degree in mathematics. Before he began pursuing an MMA career, Couture worked at a bank.[2]

Mixed martial arts career

Couture currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and trains at the Xtreme Couture gym.

Couture began fighting in 2009 and compiled a 5-1-1 record as an amateur.[2]

Strikeforce

He made his professional debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor on August 13, 2010. He debuted in the Strikeforce promotion's lightweight division, defeating Lucas Stark via triangle choke in the first round.[3]

Couture was scheduled to fight Juan Zapata on November 19, 2010, however he was forced to withdraw because of a staph infection.[4]

Couture fought at Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy against Lee Higgins and won the bout via rear-naked choke in the 3rd round.[5] The victory over Higgins upped Couture's professional record to 2-0, with both fights coming under the Strikeforce banner.[6]

In his next fight, Couture faced Matt Ricehouse at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry. He lost via unanimous decision.

Couture rebounded from the first loss of his career when he defeated Maka Watson via majority decision at Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough.

Couture next faced Conor Heun at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3, 2012.[7] He defeated Heun by TKO at 2:52 in the third round.

In his sixth Strikeforce appearance, Couture faced Joe Duarte on July 14, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. He won the fight via split decision.

Having spent his entire professional career in the Strikeforce promotion, Couture was featured on their final show as he faced K.J. Noons at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013.[8] Despite being outstruck by Noons in each round,[9] Couture was awarded a split decision victory.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Following a signing of Randy Couture to Bellator as an on-screen, non-fighting personality, UFC President Dana White was questioned about what type of relationship Ryan now had with the UFC, as Dana was quite upset at a perceived betrayal by Randy Couture. White made it clear that Ryan is welcome in the UFC and he will not be punished for his father's relationship with Dana White.[10] However, White did state that Randy will not be allowed to corner his son at UFC events.

In his UFC debut, Couture faced Ross Pearson on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[11] Couture lost the bout via TKO in the second round.

Couture was expected to face Quinn Mulhern in a lightweight bout on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[12] However, Mulhern pulled out of the bout in mid-July citing an injury and was replaced by Al Iaquinta.[13] He lost the bout via unanimous decision. After back to back losses he was released from the UFC.[14]

Mixed martial arts record

|- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 6–3 |Al Iaquinta |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 164 |02013-08-31August 31, 2013 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 6–2 |Ross Pearson |TKO (punches) |UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi |02013-04-06April 6, 2013 |align=center|2 |align=center|3:45 |Stockholm, Sweden | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 6–1 |K.J. Noons |Decision (split) |Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine |02013-01-12January 12, 2013 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 5–1 |Joe Duarte |KO (elbows and punches) |Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy |02012-07-14July 14, 2012 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 0:18 |Portland, Oregon, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 4–1 |Conor Heun |TKO (punches) |Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey |02012-03-03March 3, 2012 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 2:52 |Columbus, Ohio, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 3–1 |Maka Watson |Decision (majority) |Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough |02011-09-23September 23, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center| 2–1 |Matt Ricehouse |Decision (unanimous) |Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry |02011-06-24June 24, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Kent, Washington, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 2–0 |Lee Higgins |Submission (rear-naked choke) |Strikeforce Challengers: Healy vs. Beerbohm |02011-02-18February 18, 2011 |align=center| 3 |align=center| 4:41 |Cedar Park, Texas, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center| 1–0 |Lucas Stark |Submission (triangle choke) |Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor |02010-08-13August 13, 2010 |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:15 |Phoenix, Arizona, United States | |}

References

External links

  • Sherdog