What good is a challenge without an obstacle to overcome? For some fighters in mixed martial arts, losing symbolizes the fear of simply not being good enough couples with the consequences of competing at the highest level while chasing desired goals. For other combatants, like Bellator lightweight contender Ryan Couture (9-3), down point occurrences have served as a process in refining himself while pressing forward and living his passion through fighting.

Coming from the legendary fight lineage of his father, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, the lust for competing runs in Ryan’s bloodline. His successful run in the Strikeforce organization put the young Couture in the limelight as a must-watch star in the making. However, every fighter undergoes shortcomings.

Following the family trend, Ryan found himself competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Regrettably, his entry into the company would be bittersweet, marked by unfilled expectations and the absence of the familiar voice of his dad coaching him. For the first time in his career, Couture would suffer two straight losses in the octagon, leading to his untimely release from the promotion.

Although short-lived, Ryan’s time in the UFC provided him with great experience which has helped add great motivation, as he is still at the building stage of his young fight career.

“I learned a lot from my time in the UFC,” Couture told The MMA Corner. “It was a growing experience that has helped open my game to becoming a better fighter.”

Following a disappointing run in the UFC that saw him lose back-to-back fights, lightweight prospect Ryan Couture rebounded with two straight wins in the regional promotional franchise Battlegrounds MMA. His success would continue with his re-emergence onto a major stage promotion in Bellator FC. Making his debut at Bellator 124, Couture made his presence known, coming away with an impressive first round submission victory over Tom Basnasco.

“Joining Bellator is a great new start for me in refining my career,” Couture said. “I feel my victory over Basnasco set the tone for me in my rise in the lightweight division.”

Gearing up for his next challenge, Ryan Couture will be pitted against another UFC veteran in Dakota Cochrane (18-7) at Bellator 135. Cochrane comes into this fight with a vast amount of fight experience recently securing a W by TKO victory back at DCS 12-Season’s Beatings. With highlight victories and UFC talent, he looks to add more defining moments in his career. Cochrane isn’t backing down as he looks to make a first impression in his promotional debut — something he wasn’t able to do on The Ultimate Fighter.

However, the same outlook could be said for Ryan Couture. With his full dedication to the fight game and solid supporting team down at Xtreme Couture, Ryan feels these are the key components that will guarantee his victory over Cochrane.

“Winning this fight is everything to me,” Couture revealed. “Dakota is a tough opponent that will definitely provide a challenge for me. But I have a great set of coaches and training partners down here at Xtreme Couture that are helping me get ready for this fight.”

Fireworks are bound to fly in this must see lightweight bout at Bellator 135 on March 27th.

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Monta Wiley
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Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.