Ryan Couture

Ryan Couture
Born (1982-08-27) August 27, 1982
Edmonds, Washington, U.S.
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)
Style Wrestling, Submission wrestling, Boxing
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Team Xtreme Couture
Years active 2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 10
By knockout 1
By submission 6
By decision 3
Losses 5
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 2
Notable relatives Randy Couture, father
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ryan Couture (born August 27, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist. He is the son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.[1]


Couture grew up in Woodinville, Washington and attended Woodinville High School. During his senior year, Couture placed third in the Washington State 4A wrestling championship. Couture attended Western Washington University from 2000 until 2004 and graduated with a degree in mathematics. Before he began pursuing an MMA career, Couture worked at a bank, and trained with Nicolas Lipari. He got married in Las Vegas, NV in October 2014.[2]

Mixed martial arts career

Couture currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and trains at the Xtreme Couture gym.

Couture began fighting in 2009 and compiled a 5-1-1 record as an amateur.[2]


He made his professional debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor on August 13, 2010. He debuted in the Strikeforce promotion's lightweight division, defeating Lucas Stark via triangle choke in the first round.[3]

Couture was scheduled to fight Juan Zapata on November 19, 2010, however he was forced to withdraw because of a staph infection.[4]

Couture fought at Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy against Lee Higgins and won the bout via rear-naked choke in the 3rd round.[5] The victory over Higgins upped Couture's professional record to 2-0, with both fights coming under the Strikeforce banner.[6]

In his next fight, Couture faced Matt Ricehouse at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry. He lost via unanimous decision.

Couture rebounded from the first loss of his career when he defeated Maka Watson via majority decision at Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough.

Couture next faced Conor Heun at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3, 2012.[7] He defeated Heun by TKO at 2:52 in the third round.

In his sixth Strikeforce appearance, Couture faced Joe Duarte on July 14, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. He won the fight via split decision.

Having spent his entire professional career in the Strikeforce promotion, Couture was featured on their final show as he faced former EliteXC World Lightweight Champion. K.J. Noons at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013.[8] Despite being outstruck by Noons in each round,[9] Couture was awarded a split decision victory.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Following a signing of his father Randy to Bellator as an on-screen, non-fighting personality, UFC president Dana White, was questioned about what type of relationship Couture now had with the UFC, as White was quite upset at a perceived betrayal by Randy. White made it clear that Couture is welcome in the UFC, and that he will not be punished for his father's relationship with him.[10] However, White did state that Randy will not be allowed to corner his son at UFC events.

In his UFC debut, Couture faced Ross Pearson on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[11] Couture lost the bout via TKO in the second round.

Couture was expected to face Quinn Mulhern in a lightweight bout on August 31, 2013 at UFC 164.[12] However, Mulhern pulled out of the bout in mid-July citing an injury and was replaced by Al Iaquinta.[13] He lost the bout via unanimous decision. After back to back losses he was released from the UFC.[14]

Independent promotions

Couture returned to the cage on the smaller circuit and he has since rattled off 2 straight victories, both being finishes defeating Kyle Sjafiroeddin by rear naked choke in the first round on January 18, 2014 at Battlegrounds MMA 3.[15] Then defeating Shakir McKillip with the same method early in the second round on May 17, 2014 at Battlegrounds MMA 4.

Bellator MMA

On July 27, 2014, Couture signed with Bellator MMA.[16]

Couture made his promotional debut against Tom Bagnasco at Bellator 124 on September 12, 2014.[17] He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.

Couture faced Dakota Cochrane at Bellator 135 on March 27, 2015.[18] He won the bout via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[19]

Couture was scheduled to face Nick Gonzalez on September 25, 2015 at Bellator 143. However, Gonzalez weighed in at 172.75 pounds, over sixteen pounds past the lightweight limit, and the fight was cancelled.[20]

Couture was expected to face Derek Anderson at Bellator 148 on January 29, 2016. However, Anderson was injured and replaced by Patricky Freire.[21] Couture lost the bout via knockout in the first round.

Couture faced Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 162 on October 21, 2016. He lost the fight via submission just over a minute into the first round.

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 10–5 Goiti Yamauchi Submission (armbar) Bellator 162 October 21, 2016 1 1:01 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Loss 10–4 Patricky Freire KO (punch) Bellator 148 January 29, 2016 1 3:00 Fresno, California, United States
Win 10–3 Dakota Cochrane Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 135 March 27, 2015 1 3:23 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Win 9–3 Tom Bagnasco Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 124 September 12, 2014 1 3:01 Plymouth Township, Michigan, United States Bellator Debut
Win 8–3 Shakir McKillip Submission (rear-naked choke) Battlegrounds MMA 4 May 17, 2014 2 1:34 Enid, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–3 Kyle Sjafiroeddin Submission (rear-naked choke) Battlegrounds MMA 3 January 18, 2014 1 2:14 Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 6–3 Al Iaquinta Decision (unanimous) UFC 164 August 31, 2013 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 6–2 Ross Pearson TKO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 2 3:45 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 6–1 K.J. Noons Decision (split) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 3 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 5–1 Joe Duarte Decision (split) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy July 14, 2012 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 4–1 Conor Heun TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey March 3, 2012 3 2:52 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 3–1 Maka Watson Decision (majority) Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough September 23, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 2–1 Matt Ricehouse Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry June 24, 2011 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States
Win 2–0 Lee Higgins Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy February 18, 2011 3 4:41 Cedar Park, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Lucas Stark Submission (triangle choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Riggs vs. Taylor August 13, 2010 1 1:15 Phoenix, Arizona, United States


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