In the co-main event of UFC on Fuel TV 9, Ross Pearson stopped Ryan Couture in the second round.
Saturday’s main card turned out to be one of the most dynamic televised MMA events of the year. Win or lose, all fighters showed up and put on their best performances — except for one. That fighter was Ryan Couture, who deserves to be cut from the world’s top MMA promotion after his pathetic performance.
With the Swedish crowd buzzing from Matt Mitrione’s spectacular knockout in the previous fight, Couture immediately proceeded to drain the energy from Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
Early in the opening round, Couture went for an immediate clinch and held Pearson against the cage. Instead of attempting to advance his position, Couture looked to continue pressing “The Real Deal” into the fence with the intent to grind out a boring decision victory.
Pearson was eventually able to shake off the lackluster Couture, much to the delight of the restless crowd. Instead of finally trading strikes with Pearson, however, Couture continuously back-peddled in circles away from his opponent.
Finally, late in the second round, Pearson was able to trip Couture and put him away with a barrage punches culminating with several devastating left hooks to the head.
Saturday’s bout was Couture’s first fight in the UFC. Instead of fighting to impress his new fan base, Couture’s strategy was to fight a safe, boring fight, no matter how uninteresting it may be to MMA fans. These types of fighters often cause uproars when they are featured on pay-per-view events and offer no value to the promotion.
While the UFC typically gives fighters several chances before releasing them, promotion leadership would be wise to cut Couture immediately due to his pathetic performance Saturday night.