Many questioned the judges’ call to award Ryan Couture (6-1) the split decision win over K.J. Noons (11-6) at the final Strikeforce card. Couture himself was quite sure that he didn’t do enough to earn the win.
“I felt the decision would go to him,” said Couture to MMA Fighting. “I thought I pressed the action and didn’t take a big shot like many thought I would. I got to watch the footage, but it could have gone either way. I’m fortunate for the win. I had a feeling it was going to him.”
It was during the second round in which Couture thought that the fight shifted towards Noons and would lead to his second professional defeat.
Couture tried to use his wrestling ability though was unable to keep his hands on Noons. Couture wanted to take the fight to the ground more often, with a focus that he would use top mount to his advantage. That didn’t go as planned Couture said and he had to rely on his striking game, which he has been working to improve.
“I’m working hard every day in that gym trying to improve and I know expectations are high on me because of what my father accomplished,” said Couture. “The tests have not been easy and I don’t get easy fights.”
Couture is the son if UFC hall of famer Randy Couture (19-11) who found huge success in the UFC capturing the light heavyweight and heavyweight championship. The younger Couture hasn’t heard from the UFC if they will bring him over to their roster, but he said prior to that fight that a win should solidify it.
Post-fight, he said Noons deserves a spot too. If Couture comes over, it would be the first time a father-son duo was a part of the UFC.
The win added to Couture’s Strikeforce record, where he has fought solely out of since his debut in 2010. Most of those wins have come by decision. The loss made Noons 3-4 since joining Strikeforce who now hasn’t had a winning streak since 2010.