Couture: You'd Be Surprised How Much Pro Athletes Open Up To Veterans

Couture previewed the PFL showcase on New Year’s Eve and discussed his foundation, Merging Vets and Players (MVP)

The DA Show
December 11, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Randy Couture dropped by CBS Sports Radio to preview the PFL showcase on New Year’s Eve, as well as discuss his foundation, Merging Vets and Players (MVP).

“I recognized that our soldiers and our athletes that walk away from their professions – or their identities in a lot of ways – struggle in that transition period,” Couture said in studio on The DA Show. “They’re not normal humans. So giving them a place where they can start training again, getting them sweating again, but getting them together with guys that are struggling with that same transition and going through the same issues – there’s some depression there, there’s a loss of identity, a loss of purpose. Especially our soldiers. The suicide rate is pretty remarkable.”

Couture, who served in the Army, wants to help change that.

“Trying to stem that down at a grassroots level, turn that around, and give these guys an outlet, a place they can vent, a place they feel safe enough to open up and be vulnerable – we’re trained as athletes and soldiers not to do that,” he said. “So this has been a very, very powerful thing.”

Couture also discussed the Professional Fighters League, which will crown champions in six different weight classes at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 31. 

“It’s a great place to spend New Year’s Eve,” he said. “This is our second season here for the finale, and anytime you get six new millionaires walking out of there at 11 o’clock on New Year’s Eve, that’s a great way to start the year. It’s amazing.”

As Couture explained, PFL is uniquely different from other fighting companies.

“I think the biggest thing is this format: creating a true sports format for mixed martial artists, which nobody’s ever done,” he said. “Fighting in the regular season, trying to get to the playoffs, fighting twice in one night in the playoffs, which is a pretty tough night, and then obviously the culmination in Madison Square Garden – to get a chance to step on that scale that Muhammad Ali weighed himself on, it’s pretty nostalgic and interesting.”