Randy Couture knew when he joined Spike TV to take part in the new Bellator reality show that UFC president Dana White wasn’t going to take it in silence. He was right as White bashed Couture and claimed he would never return to the UFC. Couture labeled it is “Dana being Dana” and doesn’t anticipate a return.
“All the things that have taken place in the last couple weeks, I’d be surprised if there’s an opportunity to come back,” said Couture to ESPN. “I don’t think there’s any going back.”
For a while, Couture and his lawyer were attempting to work on significant projects with the UFC since his retirement. His current deal was for him to appear on four FOX shows as a guest commentator. Each had a 30 day cancellation clause. Couture told Zuffa that he planned on leaving and they didn’t try to stop him.
“At the end of the day, we have to recognize we are a brand,” said Couture. “We need to control our own destinies as much as we can. I think standing up for yourself and realizing I have a small window of opportunity as an athlete to make significant amount of money, and that has to carry me through the rest of my life.”
Couture is a former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion. He was also inducted into their hall of fame before retiring in 2011.