Ryan Couture's road back to second contract with UFC begins on Jan. 18 at 'BattleGrounds MMA 3'

A little over three months after getting cut from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Ryan Couture will begin his path back to UFC by fighting in "BattleGrounds MMA 3" later this month in Oklahoma.

Ryan Couture, the son of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Famer and former two-division champion Randy Couture, earned a 6-1 record in Strikeforce and looked to continue his success when the promotion was acquired by ZUFFA in 2011.

But things never really went his way inside the Octagon. After losing twice, Couture's manager Sam Spira received a letter releasing the lightweight from his UFC contract.

Now, three months later, Couture will start anew in BattleGrounds MMA, a small regional promotion headed by Olympic gold medalist wrestler Kenny Monday, who also helps coach the Blackzilians' team in South Florida.

The 31-year-old will fight Kyle Sjafiroeddin in the main event at “Battlegrounds MMA 3,” which takes place on Jan. 18, 2014 at the Riverwind Hotel and Casino in Norman, Oklahoma, according to a Jan. 1 entry on the promotion's Facebook page.

The card will not be televised.

Couture is taking the route back to mixed martial arts (MMA) prominence just the way his manager said he would, by regrouping and looking to gain more experience on a smaller platform before deciding to make another push at a second contract with UFC.

Battleground MMA's website advertises:

"Many famous special guests are expected to be in attendance for the event, including Hollywood star and MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture."

At least now his father can be in his corner.

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