Dana says he's happy Couture is in business with Bellator because he never has to be in business with him again. Not a Randy fan.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 31, 2013
Couture, who retired from the sport after his loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 in April of 2011, had only been making UFC appearances doing analyst work on the UFC on Fox shows.
"The Natural" is one of two fighters to hold titles in different weight classes, when he won the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles. Couture, though, hasn't always had the greatest relationship with the UFC.
After retaining his heavyweight title over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74 in 2007, Couture quit the promotion after not getting a fight in the UFC with Fedor Emelianenko. Couture ended up returning one year later, losing the title to Brock Lesnar.
The UFC has hired some fighters from the early era of Zuffa, as they hired Chuck Liddell and last week hired Matt Hughes to executive positions within the company.
Couture didn't do analyst work at the UFC on Fox 6 show last Saturday and was replaced in the booth by light heavyweight fighter Chael Sonnen. At least now we know why Couture wasn't in the booth.
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