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Ryan Couture Signs With Strikeforce

(Laugh it up, kid. Jewelry and silk shirts make you look 20 years younger. I could pass as your brother.)

Strikeforce announced today that it has signed Ryan Couture to a contract and that the lightweight prospect who holds an amateur MMA record of 5-1-1 will make his professional debut on August 13 at the next Strikeforce Challengers event at Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

The 27-year-old who trains out of his dad, UFC Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture‘s Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, Nevada will take on Lucas Stark at the event.

Ryan didn’t begin training seriously until after college around 2006, which is surprising, considering the fighting pedigree in his blood.

After graduating from Western Washington University with a mathematics degree and working for a period of time at a bank in Bellingham, WA, he soon realized his desire to work in the family business and in 2008 he packed up and moved to Vegas.

In his final amateur bout Couture fought through being choked out at the bell in the second round to pull out a draw against 10th Planet black belt Sean Bollinger in a Tuff-N-Uff 155-pound title fight on March 26.

The main event of the Challengers card will feature a 182-pound catchweight bout between former UFC middleweight-turned welterweight, Joe "Diesel" Riggs and Bellator vet Louis "Handgunz"Taylor.

182 pounds? Why not 180 or 185? Oh, Strikeforce, you continue to baffle me.

Also on the card will be a number of Strikeforce female standouts including Miesha "Takedown" Tate, Carina "Beauty But The Beast" Damm, Hitomi "Girlfight Monster" Akano and Maiju Kujala.

In a release sent out last night, the promotion refuted claims that Damm has been forced off the card due to visa issues and it indicated that they are working diligently on securing the proper paperwork for the Brazilian fighter.


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KarmaAteMyCat- July 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm
See more hate for no reason. Ryan is a fantastic grappler and a pretty fucking good striker. I love how you judge the book by its cover the guy "Runs" the Gym in Las Vegas after all. Also I don't see how you can compare Ryan Couture to Bobby Lashley seriously? are you completely naive? This guy has a future and isn't a one trick pony feeding off of scrubs. Ryan will earn his way up and do it the right way he is someone with ethics and values, Don't you think he could have joined Ultimate Fighter if he really wanted to? Do you not think he couldn't get on that show? Because if you don't you are seriously misguided and should find the way to the door he isn't riding his dads coattails though you couldn't find finer coattails if you tried in this sport. He's intelligent and goal driven he will make a fine addition to the professional MMA circuit.
Lysol- July 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Dana White expressed interest in Lashley.
Ballkick- July 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

When I go to sleep, I think about Roy Jones, Jr., Montell Griffin, Drake Thadzi, Samuel Peter, and Randy Couture, chasing JT around a ring screaming,...NowatImSayn?......NowatImSayn?......NowatImSayn?......NowatImSayn?......NowatImSayn?.........
It's a little piece of heaven....Zzzzzzz
ccman- July 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm
The ufc is not scouting lashley.

Lashley refuses fights unless its cans or for the belt.

Ryan will get the sheilds treatment.
bicker- July 29, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Lol, "trains out of his dad."
ReX13- July 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Goog >> +2
Lysol- July 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Time to overstate the obvious: Strikeforce is going to give Ryan Couture the Bobby Lashley treatment. They know both men are being scouted by the UFC, but the UFC won't sign either guy until they beat someone relevant. Strikeforce will continue feeding both guys tomato cans.
ihateemo- July 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm
I thought Carina "Hot Damn" Damm was out of the tourney?
Lysol- July 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Like women's mma or not, you have to admit that the Strikeforce women have much better nicknames than the men.
Goog- July 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm
When Ryan goes to sleep, I guarantee he's thinking about James Toney's kid.
El Famous Burrito- July 29, 2010 at 11:47 am
Just put the kid in against Fedor and promote the shit out of it as Couture Vs. Fedor.

agentsmith- July 29, 2010 at 11:39 am
If it's this Lucas Stark:


Then he should be fairly safe, considering the guy is 2-4.
thebrodstar- July 29, 2010 at 11:32 am
This is a good stepping stone for Ryan Couture. Strikeforce will most likely be on their way out. 182? Seriously, this is nonsense. But whatever the Couture legacy shall live on and if he does well he will no doubt be on the UFC roster in a year or two!!!
Sabado Gigante- July 29, 2010 at 11:11 am
The quadratic equation is gonna get this kid out of a lot of submissions...
jgrant- July 29, 2010 at 11:10 am
Here's something that doesn't matter because Strikeforce doesn't have the roster to bring along prospects and doesn't know how to build stars.
Seoul Brother- July 29, 2010 at 10:41 am
Yeah, Dana's gonna love this.
Morningwood- July 29, 2010 at 10:40 am
with a 5-1-1 record he must get his fight skills from his mom!