"On the one hand it was certainly Couture’s career goal to fight in the UFC – the major leagues of mixed martial arts – but on the other hand, he would miss hearing the familiar voice of his father and coach in his corner on fight nights."
Why would he miss his dads voice in his corner? DW can't stop Randy from cornering Ryan because those decisions are up to the commission not DW- I think we bickered on another thread months ago about the same thing when you asked Kizer if DW had tried to have Randy banned as a corner in Nevada- even though Ryan never had a fight scheduled in Nevada:/ But this issue was put to bed a mere 2 weeks after it began.
-- DW threatened to ban Randy from Ryan's corner in his Sweden match Feb 3rd (a million links to read about it on).
-- A week later (Feb 10) Randy went to the media declaring he was down for the fight with DW and if Ryan wanted him there:
Randy Couture Willing to Address Issue of Cornering Son Ryan on UFC on Fuel Card
February 10, 2013
Randy addressed the issue with Knockout Radio (h/t to MMAWeekly), saying, “I’ve helped him (Ryan) formulate some of those game plans in some of those camps and cornered him for his last three fights, so if that’s what Ryan needs and that’s what Ryan wants, then I am certainly willing to walk across that and address that issue, if Dana tries to preclude me from being a part of Ryan’s career.”
If Ryan does request Randy as a cornerman and that request is denied for whatever reason, don’t expect Randy to slink off with his tail between his legs—especially since he has been an approved cornerman for Ryan in the past.
-- A week later (Feb 18) this was a dead issue, according to George Sallfeldt, president of the Swedish MMA Federation:
Apparently when Ryan Couture makes his UFC debut, there won’t be an issue if his father is one of the cornerman. George Sallfeldt, president of the Swedish MMA Federation, said that the UFC has cleared all cornerman for the April show.
“We don’t have any rules about who can corner an athlete,” said Sallfeldt on Nordic MMA. “That’s up to the athlete. We talked to the UFC and they have no problems with anyone corning anyone. I don’t see any problems in this specific case.”
Sallfeldt said that the number of cormerman is limited and can be changed on the day of the show.
There was some uncertainty after Randy Couture, Ryan’s father, left the UFC and signed a deal with Spike TV. By doing so, he became a coach on the new Bellator reality show.
Ryan makes his UFC debut against Ross Pearson from the Ericsson Globe Arena. That happens at UFC on FUEL TV 9 on April 6 out of Sweden.
Video interview with Commissioner can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQwIRYBp09g
Couple if threads on this board about it, too. Surprised to see you leave out something pretty important in your article today unless you simply didn't know.
So Sweden chimed in mid February making it clear Randy isn't banned from cornering his son and they also made it clear the commission oversees such things and the fighter decides his corners.
The fight wasn't until April 6th so I'm sure you'll agree that the real question here is why Randy no-showed his kids fight, no?