One of the first victims of this latest round of fighter cuts was Ryan Couture, who has gone 0-2 since Strikeforce folded into the UFC. Many wondered how the breakup went considering the bad blood between UFC prez Dana White and Ryan’s father Randy, but it sounds like Ryan is cool with how things unfolded:

“I don’t regret the approach we took. I still don’t feel a need to be on anyone’s [expletive] list,” Ryan says with a chuckle.“Besides, with dad’s schedule and how often he has to be out of town, even the country, there’s no guarantee he would have been able to make my fights anyway. So, it might have been a fight for no reason.”

Couture didn’t personally get another call from White to share the bad news of his release but Ryan says he wasn’t surprised at being cut.

“My manager got a call from Joe Silva who told him that they liked me and the way I did things but that they have a lot of guys right now and they just don’t have anything for me right now and that I should go build myself back up with some more wins,” Ryan said.

As for what’s next…

“I don’t know what direction we will go yet. I just started getting back to training. We’ll discuss things at some point and see what opportunities are out there, whether it is the bigger shows like Bellator or the World Series of Fighting – and I don’t know if they have an interest in me – or regional shows,” Ryan said.

“I’m as motivated as I ever was. Fighting is what I love to do.”

So long as Couture has that bank name and the will to fight, there’s gonna be people willing to pay him to fight in the cage. Unfortunately, most of those people will be looking to put their guy over by beating a Couture.