It would appear that Ryan Couture (6-3, pictured right), son of former UFC champion and Hall of Famer Randy Couture, has been released by the UFC, with MMAJunkie reporting the news earlier today.
Ryan Couture had made his UFC debut at the UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi event in April, 2013 where he suffered a TKO loss to Ross Pearson. Couture received a second opportunity to pick up his first win for the promotion when he took on Al Iaquinta (6-2-1, pictured left) at UFC 164 last month, but lost a unanimous decision following a dominant performance from Iaquinta.
Prior to the two losses, Couture had spent his entire professional career in Strikeforce, before it was purchased by Zuffa and merged with the UFC, where he went 6-1 with the promotion, picking up victories over the likes of KJ Noons (11-7), Joe Duarte (10-3) and Conor Heun (9-5).
While there is no news on where Couture may go following his release, it is likely he could link up with Bellator, with his father Randy now working for the rival promotion. Randy’s decision did not sit to kindly with UFC President Dana White, who subsequently banned the former champion from cornering his son during his UFC bouts.