Ryan Couture will make history in his very first UFC fight as the first son of a former fighter, Randy Couture, to step foot inside the Octagon. Growing up with a famous last name isn’t necessarily a curse, but it can’t be easy having to always live in the shadow of his father. But Ryan said his father’s career showed him that he would too inevitably pursue MMA, and that the road would have its share of bumps along the way.
“It made me a huge fan of the sport and it gave me a unique perspective on what it was to be a fighter, and what it took, and his whole process, what he went through. So I got to see it first hand and see the good and the bad that comes with it. I didn’t see myself ever doing it and part of the reason was because of the expectations I knew that would be placed upon me. But once I started training and I fell in love with it, I didn’t see any other option, I was hooked. So, I think if it wasn’t for what he did, for being there for his career, and being a fan, and falling in love with the sport, through that I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. But it did act as a deterrent at the same time.”
“I don’t feel any pressure because of it. The only pressure I feel is that pressure I put on myself to perform to my capabilities. It’s something that I came to terms with before I even stepped in the ring as an amateur the first time was that this is the life I was choosing that I’m always going to be in that shadow and talking about it. It just motivates me to work that much harder to build my own resume and my own body of work so for people to have something more to talk about than just dad. As long as we’re talking about something I did and as well as talking about that relationship then I’m fine with it and I’m doing my job.”
As the fight quickly approaches, Couture will take on Ross Pearon who is fighting for the second time at lightweight. Also, Pearson’s fresh off a victory over George Sotiropoulous at UFC on FX 6, the finale of the season of TUF they coached. However, Pearson hasn’t been able to maintain any consistency. He’s gone back and forth in the win column over his last six fights.
Couture currently holds a record of 6-1 with every fight on his pro resume having been inside the confines of the Strikeforce hexagon up until now. He is an underdog coming into the scrap, but with the improvements he makes to his game at every level, each time he steps into the cage, Ryan welcomes the challenges Pearson presents.
“I feel I’m going to need to be on point with my wrestling. I think I can have a significant advantage if I can get the fight to the mat, but it’s no small feat to get Ross there. That’s the big thing for me is staying away from his power, and picking my spots, getting my hands on him and force the grappling and apply my advantage there. It’s just going to be a matter of fighting smart and not making any mistakes. Ross is very dangerous, but I’m more than capable of beating him. And the way we match up, I just have to pick my openings and tip the odds in my favor.”