When former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture put pen to paper last week and joined the ranks of Spike TV, UFC President Dana White said he was happy.
Not happy as in "Good for him," happy as in "Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out."
As it turns out, the Las Vegas fight boss already knew his Hall-of-Fame ex-champion had signed a deal with Viacom, who used to house ZUFFA programming before the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion graduated to the FOX network.
The same network that employed "The Natural" in the broadcast booth. In fact, Couture was expected to appear one last time as per the terms of his contract, but according to White's comments at a recent press conference scrum, 'Naytch jumped ship once the big money came rolling in.
"I'm happy that he's gone. I'm happy that he's gone forever and that he's with them. I don't respect him at all. Not even a little. The only time that Randy Couture is ever a man is when he steps foot the cage. As soon as his big toe steps out of the cage, he's the furthest thing from it. That's it. That's the way I feel about him. I don't at all disrespect what he did in this sport. As much as a man that I think he's not, he was 100 percent man when he stepped in that cage. It is what it is. And just to clarify to you guys, Randy Couture, it was around Christmas time and his lawyer sends in a letter and bails on the last [FOX] show that he's doing for us, after they begged me for a ******* job. So I'm like, 'What the hell's going on around here?' I dig around and I find out that he's talking about doing a deal with Bellator and Spike. I call his lawyer and I went 'me' on the lawyer — is the best way I can explain it — and then I called Randy. I called him over and over again and he wouldn't even answer his phone. Then he texts me and says, 'What's up boss? I hear you're flipping out. I did not sign a deal with Spike or Bellator but I'm talking to two other networks right now.' I said, 'If you tell me that you did not bail on my last ******* fight and go do a deal with them, I don't give a **** what network you sign with. I don't care if it's freakin' HBO, The Food Network, I could care less who it is. Are you saying you did not sign a deal?' 'I did not sign a deal with them. Stop worrying, relax, and have a great Christmas. We'll talk later.' To this ******* day sitting right here right now we still have not talked. I knew the whole time that he was doing the deal even when I was talking to him and he was lying to me not even to my face, not even though the phone but through texts."
See White's full comments here.
The cable television network has arranged for a media conference call tomorrow (Feb. 5, 2013) where Viacom execs, along with Couture, will go into more detail. As of now, "Captain America" is expected to appear as a coach on the upcoming Bellator MMA reality show.
For more background on Couture's new Spike TV deal as well as White's reaction, or if you just want to hear Dana go nuts on the guys at Viacom, click here and here.