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Old 02-13-2013, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Randy Couture calls Hughes' recent UFC employment a 'big f--- you' from Dana White

Here's Randy's side of the ordeal. Figured there was more to the story.

For all intents and purposes, the bitter war of words between UFC President Dana White and exiled UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture seemed to have died down over recent days. White aired his grievances in typical White fashion, Couture was banned from all UFC events -- including any cornerman work for his son, Ryan -- and was free to embark on his new ventures with Spike TV.

That ceasefire, however, was predictably short-lived, as Couture recently re-stoked the flames during a conversation with SiriusXM Fight Club.

"I gave the UFC and Dana every opportunity to find a way to significantly use me since I retired a year and a half ago," Couture said flatly. "They acted like they were doing me a favor by giving me the four events on FOX a year as a commentator.

"In my opinion and estimation, [that's] not a terribly significant role in the organization, and the company of Zuffa. So I tried like hell to get them to keep me with the company in some significant way and they had nothing for me. I made them aware that this offer had come onto the table, that the TV thing was heating up for me, that there were significant offers being pushed to me, but I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement to even hear those pitches and could not tell them specifically what was going on or who was offering what.

"So, you know, in my professional estimation, they had an opportunity to keep me and use me. They chose not to, and a week later, after this whole thing leaks, they give a job to Matt Hughes in a significant fashion. Frankly that was a big ‘f--k you' to me from Dana. And that's exactly what he intended to do."

Following his surprisingly scathing response, Couture was asked to clarify his final statement, if he indeed believed that Hughes' new role as UFC Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations was intended to serve as one last parting jab.

"That's the way it felt to me," Couture concluded. "I've been trying for over a year to get them to use me in some way, shape or form, and they chose not to. They didn't have anything for me. They continually told me that. And then Matt announces his retirement, and within a week has a Vice President position for fighter relations. You tell me."

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Quit crying Randy. Hughes was always a company man, Randy was not. Get over it.
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The he said she said game never ends up pretty, you've got to take a grain of salt from both points of view.

In my opinion, Dana felt that he couldn't trust Randy due to things that went on in the past between them which I'm sure we only know the half of. Matt Hughes appeared to be a company guy for the UFC going way back. If I was trying to build up my organization I would only put people in important positions that I trusted completely. I wouldn't want to be doubting that person on a daily, weekly, monthly, etc. basis.

I'm sure that Dana probably did want to give a big 'f' you as a parting gift to Randy but I really don't think that the decision is questionable. You can argue whether or not Hughes is the man for the job but it seems obvious if you were picking from the two of these guys that Hughes has a better track record with Dana no doubt.
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I always felt they should have canned Goldberg and given his spot to Couture.
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I always felt they should have canned Goldberg and given his spot to Couture.
They do different gigs in relation to commentary.
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The he said she said game never ends up pretty, you've got to take a grain of salt from both points of view.

In my opinion, Dana felt that he couldn't trust Randy due to things that went on in the past between them which I'm sure we only know the half of. Matt Hughes appeared to be a company guy for the UFC going way back. If I was trying to build up my organization I would only put people in important positions that I trusted completely. I wouldn't want to be doubting that person on a daily, weekly, monthly, etc. basis.

I'm sure that Dana probably did want to give a big 'f' you as a parting gift to Randy but I really don't think that the decision is questionable. You can argue whether or not Hughes is the man for the job but it seems obvious if you were picking from the two of these guys that Hughes has a better track record with Dana no doubt.
This pretty much sums up how I feel. There are always two sides to the story and in this case this decision is personel based on trust and past history between them.
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They do different gigs in relation to commentary.
Meh, I imagine Couture could do what Goldberg does, only better. And even if UFC feels the need to keep Goldberg around out of some idiotic sense of loyalty (because it can't be that he's good at his job), they could have added Randy as a third man. I've always enjoyed listening to real fighters on commentary. Randy, Mir, Florian, Stann, Sonnen, Bas, etc... they bring something unique.
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I always felt they should have canned Goldberg and given his spot to Couture.
Interesting thought, based solely on commentating abilities and nothing else, I always felt that they should have canned Rogan and given his spot to Couture. Okay that opinion may also be based on my opinion of Rogan

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You need a guy like Goldberg to do the ads and the intros. He's got that commercial voice.
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