Ryan Couture’s Pro Debut against Art Martinez from Tuff-N-Uff, Feb. 2009
The August Strikeforce Challengers event is shaping up to be interesting, despite the company still being unsure of whether Carina Damm will be fighting or not. Ryan Couture, son of MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture, has signed a multi-fight agreement STRIKEFORCE and will make his professional MMA debut on Friday, Aug. 13 at the Strikeforce Challengers event at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. The 27-year-old Couture, a member of the Las Vegas, Nev., based Xtreme Couture fight team, will face Lucas Stark of Chandler, Ariz. in a three-round lightweight (155 pounds) bout.
The Western Washington University graduate with a degree in mathematics brings with him an amateur record of 5-1-1 competing as a lightweight with all five wins coming by way of submission. In his final amateur bout on March 26, Couture fought to a draw against Sean Bollinger for the Tuff-N-UFF 155-pound title fight at The Orleans in Las Vegas.
Here is hoping Ryan will have more success than others who use the Couture name (*cough* Kim Couture *cough*). Will the son of one of the greatest legends in MMA rise to the top like his father or will he end up like Kim and be a cancerous mole on the neck of MMA fans?