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Dana White Says He’s Glad Randy Couture Is Gone

February 3, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Dana White spoke last night at the post-UFC 156 press conference about his problem with Randy Couture following Couture’s new deal with Bellator and more. Check out the highlights:

On Couture going to Bellator: “When I told you guys before that I’m happy, I’m telling you guys I’m happy that he’s gone. I’m happy that he’s gone and he’s gone forever and he’s with them.”

On his issue with how Couture handled the jump: “Randy Couture, it was around Christmas time, and his lawyer sends in a letter and cancels, like bails on the last show that he’s doing for us. He doesn’t want to do the last show after they begged me for a f—ing job. So I’m like, ‘What the hell is going on here?’ I start digging around, and I find out that he’s talking about doing a deal with Bellator and Spike. I call his lawyer. I went ‘me’ on his lawyer is the best way I can explain it. Then I called Randy. I called him over and over and over again. He wouldn’t even answer his phone. Then he texts me and said, ‘What’s up boss? I hear you’re flipping out. I did not sign a deal with Spike or Bellator, but I’m talking to two other networks right now.’ I said, ‘If you tell me that you did not bail on my last f—ing fight and go do a deal with them, I don’t give a s— what network you sign with. I don’t care if it’s freaking HBO, the Food Network – I could care less who it is. Are you saying you did not sign a deal?’ ‘I did not sign a deal with them. Stop worrying. Relax. Have a great Christmas. We’ll talk later.’ To this f—ing day sitting right here, right now, we still have not talked.”

On Couture not being honest: “We’re not unreasonable people. I know I have this image like I’m some absolute lunatic that flies off the handle and just starts ruining lives for no reason whatsoever. It’s f—ing ridiculous. If Randy Couture was a man, walked into our office and said, ‘Here’s the deal: I’ve got one more fight with you guys for the FOX thing. I’d like to do it. I have another offer on the table, and it’s with f—ing Bellator. I need to make a living, too. Am I with you guys? Am I not with you guys? Do you want to match my deal? Do you want to beat my deal?’ Or how about this: ‘F— you guys. I can’t stand you, and I’m leaving. I thought I’d be a man about it and tell you to your face.’ That’s not Randy Couture. When I made the comment the other day about the ‘Captain America’ thing, ask anybody who’s ever been in business with Randy Couture if they like being in business with Randy Couture. There’s so much stuff that’s out there that you don’t even know. And whatever. The guy’s going around making a living. There’s the whole story, the way that it went down, and I respect him. There’s no more of a man when that cage door closes, and there’s no less of a man when he steps outside of it.”

On Ryan Couture’s UFC future: “After I talked to you guys, I called Ryan Couture, and I said, ‘Ryan, let me put it to you this way: This is probably going to be the weirdest conversation you’re ever going to have with me.’ ‘You signed a deal with us to fight in the UFC. 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 – ever, ever again as long as I walk this f—ing planet. I know he’s your dad, and I don’t want to – you know, I’m calling you up telling you how much I don’t like your father. But if you want to leave the UFC’ – because he’s not cornering him; Randy Couture can’t buy a ticket to this motherf—ing event, OK? So I said, ‘He’s not going to be around, and I just want to be up front with you. You know how I am. I want to be honest, and I want to be up front. If you want me to release you from your contract so you can go do a deal with Bellator and have your dad and maybe work with him and do whatever, I would do that for you, too.’ He said to me, ‘Every kid who’s ever strapped on a pair of gloves is dreaming about fighting in the UFC. If they say they’re not, they’re either lying or they’re stupid. This is my dream. I want to be with you guys. Listen, he’s my dad, and he’s always going to be my dad, but this is where I want to be. I’ve worked my ass off to get here.’ I said, ‘Well let me tell you this: This is your house. Don’t ever feel like it’s not. Don’t ever feel like if you walk down the hallway at our show that you’re not part of this team and part of this family. I’m honored that you said that, and bro, we’re happy to have you.’ I just felt like that was something that I had to do. I had to talk to him. The kid’s either with us or he’s not. And I don’t mean him. I mean I want him to feel like if he stays with us, he’s with us. There’s no hard feelings for him because of what’s going on with me and Randy or anything like that. I just wanted to reach out and make him feel comfortable if he wanted to stay, and I wanted to give him the option if he wanted to go with his dad, too. I didn’t want him to be in some situation where it’s like, ‘Now these guys get in a fight with my dad, and I’m stuck in this contract with them.’ You know what I mean?”

On whether he will minimize Couture’s UFC accomplishments the way some say he has Frank Shamrock’s: “Frank Shamrock is a d–k. Frank Shamrock literally never shuts up. He’s always popping off about something. He’s always got something stupid to say. Frank Shamrock came out with a statement the other day and wants to fight me. You know what I mean? Give me a f—ing break. The guy is a clown. I just have no respect for Frank Shamrock. That’s the difference. Couture, I don’t respect him at all – not even a little bit. The only time that Randy Couture is ever a man is when he steps foot in that cage. As soon as his big toe steps out of that cage, he’s the furthest thing from it. That’s it. That’s the way I feel about him. I don’t at all disrespect what he did in the sport, and as much of a man that I think he’s not, he was 100 percent a man when he stepped in that cage. It is what it is.”


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