Dana White and Randy Couture
UFC president Dana White says Randy Couture can’t buy a ticket to a UFC event, or corner his son Ryan, who is under UFC contract since signing a deal with Spike TV and coaching “Fight Master: Bellator MMA, Bellator's upcoming reality show that will air on Spike TV.
Couture isn’t worried about getting tickets. His only concern is for his son’s career.
“I'm not really concerned about whether or not I can buy a ticket and go to an event if I wanted to. I certainly still have a number of friends in the fight game, with the organization, that would probably give me a ticket if I asked for one,” Couture told Knockout Radio, and official content partner of MMAWeekly.com.
“My only real concern is my son and I've been a big part of Ryan's career, certainly a big part of his last three training camps as he's moved up in competition. I've helped him formulate some of those game plans in some of those camps and cornered him for his last three fights, so if that's what Ryan needs and that's what Ryan wants, then I am certainly willing to walk across that and address that issue, if Dana tries to preclude me from being a part of Ryan's career,” said Couture.
As far as being able to corner Ryan in the UFC, Couture feels it’s a commission issue.
“I think at the end of the day it's a commission issue. Commission licenses the athletes and licenses the seconds and so, I don't know, I want to make whatever the best decision is for Ryan. I don't want to cause any more trouble for Ryan with the organization,” he added.
Couture hopes the tensions between he and White diminish, but knows it will take time.
“I think the dust will settle and some of this will go away, but I also know that Dana is one to hold a grudge. He's not one to forget things and that's probably why he's had such the strong reaction that he's had. He's still hanging on and harboring some of the old animosity that he's had from the issues that we had in the past, so it will be what it will be.”