Like father, like son.
Ryan Couture, son of UFC hall of famer Randy Couture, will make his promotional and professional debut against Lucas Stark at Strikeforce Challengers 10 on Aug. 13 at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix. The event will air live on Showtime.
Strikeforce officials on Thursday finalized a contract with the younger Couture, who trains out of Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas.
Couture owns a 4-1-1 record as an amateur and last appeared in March, when he fought Sean Bollinger to a draw at a Tuff-N-Uff show in Las Vegas. Bollinger choked Couture unconscious with a triangle choke as the horn sounded ending round two, but Couture - deemed by the referee to have lost consciousness after the round was over - was allowed to continue. The fight ended in a deadlock.
Couture, a lightweight, follows in some enormous footsteps. His father remains one of only two men - B.J. Penn is the other - to hold UFC titles in multiple weight classes.