The UFC recently set a slew of scrappers free from their contracts including Ryan Couture. While on the surface it may seem as though Couture got a bum deal due to his father – UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture – having an issue with upper-management, his performances in the cage argue otherwise. He looked sharp for a few minutes against Ross Pearson but ultimately got outclassed, then lost a decision to Al Iaquinta who hadn’t been in the Octagon for over a year prior to their pairing. Also, it’s easy to forget Couture won a controversial decision over K.J. Noons in his final Strikeforce fight. The reality is, Couture is 31 years old but only 6-3 as a pro. He needs time to develop his skills after coming into the sport late, not a spot on the sport’s biggest stage.
Though the recent shift in strategy around these parts has been difficult, rest assured the importance of the 5 OZ community hasn’t been forgotten or their plethora of thought-provoking opinions either. From here on out, the 10-Point Must will make a weekly appearance where I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from the future of a few fighters to some recently-booked rumbles to the tragic death of Leandro Souza. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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