War of words continues between Couture & UFC

By Matt Goldstein

12/10/2007

War of words continues between Couture & UFC

UFC President Dana White has been commenting on the recent departure of UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture, which was in response to M-1 Global's signing of universally recognized #1 heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko.  As soon as Fedor signed with M-1 Global, Couture quit the UFC, complaining that he was "tired of being taken advantage of."  Although White repeatedly claims that he and Couture are friends, he also claims that Couture "hooked up with some Hollywood agent that I bitch slapped about a month ago, and these Hollywood agents are parasites, so unfortunately this guy is probably in Randy's ear right now." Couture, didn't originally claim money was his reason for leaving, now has this to say, "you hear what other guys were paid signing bonuses and what other guys were paid on the record and off the record with bonuses. I've heard Chuck's numbers. Tito's numbers. Hughes' numbers. Quinton's numbers. Cro Cop, Wanderlei. I heard what they were offering Fedor, and it's insulting."   Although the UFC seems to have a monopoly on MMA in the U.S., rumors of their underpaying fighters are beginning to cause major friction with their current crop of stars.  source: Sherdog