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Ryan Couture making UFC debut in April against Ross Pearson

Ross PearsonUFC Hall of Fame fighter Randy Couture’s relationship with the UFC may be done but his legacy will live on thanks to the presence of son Ryan Couture on the company’s roster. The former Strikeforce fighter has been confirmed for a clash with Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson at UFC on Fuel 9 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The April 6 outing features a bout between light heavyweights Alexander Gustafsson-Gegard Mousasi in the headlining slot.

Couture is currently on a four-fight winning streak including an impressive outpointing of K.J. Noons in January. He holds an overall mark of 6-1 with other notable victories over Joe Duarte and Conor Heun.

The match-up means the 14-6 Pearson will continue his run at 155 pounds after a short stint in the featherweight division. Pearson made a triumphant return in December when he stopped George Sotiropoulos with strikes at UFC on FX 6. Nine of his triumphs have involved some form of finish.


  • Angry Mike says:

    No love for Couture in this match up. Pearson is stronger and has superior striking and wrestling. Couture isn’t ready this big of a step up in competition. Couture is game, but I think he loses by ko or tko.

  • Big Stank says:

    It seems like Dana White is trying to make an example out of Couture because he’s mad at his dad. I have no doubt in my mind Dana wants Ryan to go 0-3 in the UFC and send him packing.

  • MCM says:

    I don’t know. I want to say this is Dana getting back at Captain America, but Ryan DID just beat Noons, and he did it by taking less damage than Diaz who’s challenging for the WW title. I thinks it’s a steep test, but Couture may very well be up for it. Paulo Thiago made his UFC debut against top 5 Koscheck, JDS against Werdum, maybe their just seeing where Ryan Couture fits in the division?

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Ross is a solid fighter but I think it’s a reasonable matchup for Couture. Pearson has alternated wins & losses in his last 6 fights spanning the past 2+ years. There just aren’t any gimme fights in the UFC, particularly in the LW division. It’s sink or swim and will be no different for Couture.

  • Angry Mike says:

    I watched the Noons/Couture fight. The decision should have gone to Noons. Even Couture seemed surprised, and even a little sheepish. Noons outstruck him, but seemed to take the outcome for granted, looking for the big ko and not pressing as hard as he should have. Pearson won’t make that mistake.


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