Ryan Couture Happy To Be Fighting In Bellator “Family”
Ryan Couture returns to action at Bellator 201, after a year away from the Bellator cage, in the co-main event against Saad Awad.
The four year Bellator veteran claims that signing with Bellator in 2014 was a great step for him, telling FIGHT SPORTS, “it feels like being a part of a family.”
“Its an awesome group of people to work with, and they’ve taken great care of me,” claimed the Washington native.
Couture knows about a family atmosphere in MMA. As the son of former UFC champion Randy Couture, he’s excited to see the sport develop.
“It’s a trip,” for Couture who watched the sport grow from the inside. “There were some people who didn’t think the sport would carry on long enough for that to be a thing.”
The fighter who went from mathematics major to cage fighter, was very pragmatic in his return to fighting. Couture made sure his Bellator 201 fight against Saad Awad would be at a catchweight.
“I was coming off of a long break from my previous fight, where I moved up a weight class, and had a knee surgery in the interim,” the 35 year old explained.
“[The injury] caused me to come in a little heavier than I would have liked. And then, California has put their new weight cutting into place, so we knew it was going to be a little more stringent with the marks I would have to hit, so just to take some of that stress out and prepare for the task at hand.”
Couture wanted to avoid a stressful weight cut and focus on being healthy walking into the cage on June 29th.
“Weight cutting is one of the most unhealthy parts of a sport that’s very dangerous just by its nature,” the second generation fighter claimed while training in Las Vegas.
“And there’s a lot of people who, in their effort to gain that advantage or game the system, go to the extreme and put themselves at risk… I think we’re a ways off from finding the right solution that’s gonna work, people are always going to to find a way to game the system, when they put them in place, I don’t know what its gonna take to put that to an end.”