Beyond the octagon, Couture-- one of the most popular figures in the sport-- branched off into acting. He landed some small parts in such movies as Cradle 2 the Grave (2003). For the UFC, Couture has served as a reporter for numerous fights. He also appeared as himself on the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in January 2005. Featuring a group of young striving boxers striving for a possibility at the huge time, the program helped expand the audience for mixed martial arts fighting and bring the UFC to the mainstream.
"I'm similar to your neighbor. I simply happen to eliminate in a cage," Couture told the Boston Globe in 2006. That same year, Couture retired after being on the receiving end of TKO at the hands of Chuck Liddell in UFC 57. He was lured back to the UFC to eliminate Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title in 2007. After gaining the Sylvia fight by unanimous choice, Couture next took on Brazilian fighter Gabriel Gonzaga. He held on to his title after knocking senseless his challenger. By October, Couture once again announced his retirement. He thought that he was not relatively compensated for the Sylvia and Gonzaga battles.
Outside the Ring
That same year, Couture started helping the most recent generation of fighters, opening his first training center. Right now, he has 2 facilities: one in Las Vegas and one in Vancouver, Canada, which both run under the name Xtreme Couture MMA.
It is confusing whether Couture will remain retired, having actually expressed an interest in battling Fedor Emelianenko. For the time being, nonetheless, he is active pursuing other interests. Couture has been doing public looks to support his autobiography, Becoming the Natural: My Life In and Out of the Cage, which was launched in July 2008. He likewise remains to act and has a function in David Mamet's Redbelt (2008).