Former UFC champion Randy Couture said Tuesday marked a homecoming of sorts for himself. Couture was formally announced as one coach on the upcoming Bellator MMA series Fight Master, and will appear on several upcoming Spike TV programs.
“It’s an honor to be back with Spike,” said Couture, during a conference call. “Spike had the balls to put (The Ultimate Fighter) on television when nobody else would. That changed the landscape of MMA for the better.”
Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson and Joe Warren will all be coaches on the series, which will feature 32 welterweights. Filming is expected to begin shortly, while the series will air this summer.
“It is sort of a watershed moment,” Couture said. “We can create more opportunity for more fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts.”
Couture also discussed the fighting future of his son, Ryan, who is expected to compete in the UFC later this year. UFC president Dana White has made it known that he does not want to see Randy Couture near the Octagon again, but appears fine with Ryan fighting.
“Ryan’s his own man,” Couture said. “He lives on his own merit. Sometimes, it’s a burden to drag around the last name, but I am very excited for him.”