Ryan Couture suffers upset loss at Strikeforce Challangers
Ryan Couture was upset by Matt Ricehouse at Strikeforce Challengers 16 Friday night. The son of UFC legend Randy Couture dropped a unanimous decision to lose in his third pro fight. In the main event, Caros Fodor won a decision over James Terry.
Kent, WA, United States
June 25, 2011 09:27 am EDT
Sports, Mixed Martial Arts
Ryan Couture suffered the first loss of his young MMA career in the co-featured fight of Strikeforce Challengers 16, Friday night in Kent, WA.
The son of UFC legend Randy Couture suffered a unanimous 29-28 decision loss to undefeated Matt Ricehouse.
The two grapplers spent much of the fight striking. The first four minutes of the fight were spent on foot, as was the entire second round.
Ricehouse had an answer for everything Couture attempted in the first round. Couture landed a series of knees to the body and head, but it was Ricehouse’s knee against the cage that seemed to do the most damage.
In the final minute of the first, Ricehouse caught a Couture kick and scored a takedown, even landing a solid punch in ground & pound.
In the second round, Ricehouse controlled the action, stalking Couture and also landing solid counter rights whenever Couture tried to throw.
As in the first round, Ricehouse clinched the round with a dominating final minute. He led with a superman punch, then followed with a left hand and body kick to complete an impressive combination. A few seconds later, he set up a knee with a jab.
“I had a couple flashes there in the second round,” said Ricehouse. “I tried to control the middle of the cage, like everybody does against him.”
Couture, who won his first two career fights by submission, had his break early in the final round. Ricehouse missed a wild punch, and Couture ducked under to get his back. Couture couldn’t take Ricehouse to the mat, however, and it was Ricehouse who scored the takedown two minutes later.
AHN’s unofficial scorecard had Ricehouse winning a 30-27 shutout, but all three judges gave Couture one round.
Couture dropped to 2-1, while Ricehouse improved to 5-1.
Couture’s father, Randy, had a Hall of Fame career, but he also suffered losses in the early going, standing at 4-2 at one point. His third career fight was a first-round knockout of Vitor Belfort, however.
In the main event, Caros Fodor won a unanimous decision over James Terry.
Fodor applied constant pressure from the opening bell, forcing Terry to back up for most of the fight.
Foros charged forward, landing solid punches that landed cleanly. Halfway through the first round, Terry’s face was covered in blood from Fodor’s hands and knees. Terry scored a late takedown in the first, but it wasn’t enough to steal the round.
In the second, Terry got an early takedown, but he was unable to do much damage from top position, and Fodor managed to sweep him off and return to his feet, where he again pressed the action.
In the third, Fodor made sure there was no doubt on the judges’ cards. He continued to move forward and land strikes. He stuffed a pair of Terry takedown attempts, then tried a guillotine choke in the final minute of the bout.
Two judges had the bout 30-27 in favor of Fodor, which matched AHN’s unofficial scorecard. The third judge found a round to give Terry and had it 29-28 for Fodor.
“I’ve definitely been working on my striking a lot,” said Fodor. “Terry is tough. I wasn’t sure if he was goning to try to take me down or stand up with me. He did both, but we had a great strategy.”
Fodor remained undefeated at 6-0 with one no contest. Terry fell to 10-3.
Three televised bouts on the undercard all went to decision. Lorenz Larkin recovered from losing the first round to sweep the final two for a 29-28 win over Gian Villante. Larkin remained unbeaten at 11-0.
Jason High used six takedowns in round one and four in round two to cruise to a 30-27 win over Quinn Mulhern.
In a women’s bout, Julia Budd avenged an earlier Muay Thai loss with a 29-28 decision over Germaine de Randamie.
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