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Ryan Couture released from UFC after two consecutive defeats

Son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture released by UFC after losses to Ross Pearson and Al Iaquinta.

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Couture's run with the UFC has come to an end. Couture, son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture has been released by the promotion after two fights and two defeats.

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Ryan joined the UFC in 2013 when the UFC absorbed Strikeforce. Ryan's record at that time was 6-1, and he had just come off a controversial split decision victory over K.J. Noons in the final event in Strikeforce history.

About the same time the UFC was welcoming Ryan to the fold, UFC president Dana White was in the midst of an ugly public falling out with Randy after the elder Couture signed a deal to work with Spike TV and Bellator MMA.

White told Ryan, "I want you here if you want to be here, but I need you to understand this, me and your dad are not good. Me and your dad are never going to be good, never, ever again. If you want me to release you from your contract so that you can go do a deal with Bellator I would do that for you."

Ryan accepted White's offer and joined the UFC. According to White, Ryan said, "This is my dream. I want to fight with you guys. This is where I want to be, I worked my whole life to be here."

That dream has come to an end after a second round TKO loss to Ross Pearson and a unanimous decision defeat to Al Iaquinta. Ryan's record stands at 6-3.

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