Ryan Couture has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming Strikeforce Challengers event Friday, Nov. 19, at Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Miss., due to a staph infection, Strikeforce announced yesterday. The son of Randy Couture, is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks.
The 28-year-old Couture, who is currently 1-0 in pro MMA, won his Strikeforce debut with a 1:15, first-round submission (triangle choke) over Lucas Stark last August 13 on Strikeforce Challengers. “I was really looking forward to fighting so this is a big disappointment, but I’ll be back,” said Couture. “As soon as I’m cleared, you can bet I’ll be back in the gym preparing for my next Strikeforce fight.”
In the Nov. 19 main event on Showtime, lightweight star and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro (20-4) will face Justin “The Silverback” Wilcox (9-3) of Cincinnati. In another televised fight, former University of Tennessee linebacker Ovince St. Preux (7-4), of Knoxville, Tenn., will seeking his fifth consecutive conquest inside the distance when he faces Antwain “The Juggernaut’’ Britt’’ (11-4) of Virginia Beach, Va., in a light heavyweight (205 pounds) scrap.
It’s definitely a good thing that he is taking time off to heal since that kind of infection is horrible, and we don’t want to see a sick Couture in the ring. We saw enough of that last week when Kim Couture met Munah Holland over at ROC 32, but nonetheless we wish Ryan a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on his feet soon!