Ryan Couture: “Only pressure I put on myself is to perform to the level I’m capable of.”

By Jeremy Lambert

The last name “Couture” is synonymous with MMA the same way the last name “Gretzky” is synonymous with hockey. Randy Couture and Wayne Gretzky are pioneers of their respective sports. There are plenty more similarities. They’re both well-respected inside and outside of their sports, they both brought their sports to new heights, they’re both champions, and they both compete at the highest level during their careers. There is one big difference though and I’m not talking about Couture’s ears compared to Gretzky’s. The big difference is that Wayne doesn’t have a son currently playing hockey while Randy’s son, Ryan Couture, is under a microscope as he tries to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Ryan isn’t trying to take his dads path though, he’s trying to create his own.

“I think the only reason I was on the main card (for my first professional fight) was because of my last name. People were interested in seeing what I could do because of dad. That’s opened a lot of doors for me but it’s also open up for criticism. It’s my job to fight well and earn those spots and make Strikeforce not regret putting me on the main card. I can’t put the pressure on myself to live up to what dad has done because who can fill those shoes? Only pressure I put on myself is to perform to the level I’m capable of. If I had a good showing then win, lose, or draw I’m happy,” said the younger Couture in an interview with FiveOuncesofPain.com

Ryan made his professional MMA debut on August 13, 2010, defeating Lucas Stark in the first round via triangle choke. While his father is known for his grinding wrestling in the clinch and on the ground, fans and opponents shouldn’t expect to see the same thing from Ryan once the cage door closes.

“They wonder why I don’t fight like dad and I them that if I had the option to use 30 years of wrestling experience then things would be easier but I don’t so I had to find things that work for me.”


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