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Other names  The Jet
Style  Kickboxing
Name  Rick Roufus
Weight  93 kg
Draws  3
Siblings  Duke Roufus
Nationality  American
Total  18
Height  1.80 m
Division  Heavyweight
Number of contests  1
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Born  Rick John Roufus June 3, 1966 (age 49) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (1966-06-03)
Fighting out of  Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Team  Roufus Kickboxing Center.

Rick "The Jet" Roufus


Rick John Roufus (born June 3, 1966) is an American kickboxer, fighting out of TNT Mixed Martial Arts Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He is one of the most famous kickboxers in the United States, and has also competed in boxing and mixed martial arts. He was world champion as a super middle weight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. Roufus held titles for all the major kickboxing associations (PKA, IKF, ISKA, FFKA and KICK), and is known for his good boxing skills and powerful kicks. He is the older brother of Duke Roufus who is also a kickboxer and a muay Thai and mixed martial arts instructor.

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Rick Roufus began his lifelong practice of the martial arts at the age of 5. He learned taekwondo from his father. He quickly rose through the national point karate circuit and debuted as a professional kickboxer in his late teens. He had his first professional fight in May 1985 against J.C Owens whom he defeated by decision. On 19 August 1989, in his tenth fight, Roufus sent shockwaves through the kickboxing community by outworking the reigning national PKC Light Middleweight champion in a unanimous decision win. In April 1987, he fought against John Moncayo for the world title of KICK at super middleweight. Roufus knocked out Moncayo in round 7 to win his first world title.

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In the beginning of his career, Roufus fought under the rule of Full contact where leg kicks, elbow strikes, and knee attacks were not allowed. He changed directions on 5 November 1988 when he challenged Changpuek Kiatsongrit in a non title fight in Las Vegas. His kickboxing record stood at a perfect 28 wins, but the Thai proved to be too powerful and smart. Roufus knocked Changpuek down twice with punches in the first round, but lost by knockout in the fourth round due to the culmination of low kicks that he was unprepared for.

On 19 June 1991, Rick Roufus faced another top class fighter in Marek Piotrowski. A rematch as Piotrowski defeated him in their first encounter. The vacant ISKA Full Contact Light World title was on the line, while Piotrowski's PKC Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title was also up for grabs. Roufus won by heavy second round KO from a high kick that left the Polish fighter unconscious on the canvas.

On 20 December 1991, Roufus defended his ISKA Full Contact Light World Light Heavyweight title against Dutchman Rob Kaman. Roufus was initially declared the winner by decision but the match was later declared a no-contest after Kaman's corner protested that only 1 minute had been fought in the 4th round - a round that could have been critical to Kaman as he had hurt his opponent. A second bout between the pair came to fruition in February 1994 in Paris, France. The fight was sold out - 20.000 people - weeks in advance. Rick Roufus won the rematch by KO in the second round.

On January 22, 1994 Roufus won the IKF Pro Full Contact Rules Light Heavyweight World Title when he defeated Michael McDonald of Vancouver, BC, Canada, by "KO" at :43 seconds of round 1 at Caesars Tahoe Casino in Tahoe, Nevada.

On 26 March 1994 he travelled to Montreal, Canada where he took on the legendary Jean-Yves Theriault. Roufus won the fight by unanimous decision after 12 rounds, defending his PKC Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title. In Paris, France 1994 the ISKA and PKC World Light Heavyweight champion met Ernesto Hoost, the WMTA and WKA World Light Heavyweight champion. Unfortunately for Roufus he lost by KO in a dramatic fight.

Frustrated by sanctioning body politics and attracted by the better paydays, Roufus decided to enter the world of boxing. He enjoyed some success, but he was never able to fight for a world championship. In August 1996, he challenged the vacant title of WBC Continental Americas at cruiserweight. He knocked out Sean McClain, and won his first and only title in boxing. After several losses Rick Roufus returned to kickboxing.

He emerged victorious at the K-1 USA held August 17, 1998 in Las Vegas quickly dispatching Pedro Fernandez and Jerome Turcan.

On May 15, 1999 in Lowell Massachusetts, USA he won the IKF Pro International Rules Heavyweight World title when he defeated Stan Longinidis of Boxhill, Victoria, Australia by TKO after Loniginidis suffered a broken bone in his foot at the end of round 9. Roufus was ahead on all 3 judges cards at the time, 89-81, 86-83 and 88-81.

Mixed martial arts proved to be a new challenge for Rick Roufus late in his career. In his MMA debut, Roufus lost to Maurice Smith in the first round via kimura at the Strikeforce: At The Dome event in Tacoma, Washington on February 23, 2008. In March 2008, Roufus had his second MMA bout, this time in Newkirk, Oklahoma for Caged Combat Championship Fights. He defeated Mike Buell via unanimous decision. After a stint in several local promotions Roufus brought his mixed martial arts record to 4 wins with 6 losses

Titles

  • Kickboxing
  • 2003 K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary USA runner up
  • 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary USA runner up
  • 1999 I.K.F. International Rules Heavyweight World Champion
  • 1998 K-1 USA Grand Prix '98 champion
  • 1996 ISKA Full Contact Heavyweight World champion
  • 1994 IKF Full Contact Light Heavyweight World Champion
  • 1991-94 PKC Light Heavyweight World champion
  • 1991-94 ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight World champion
  • 1990 FFKA Light Heavyweight World champion
  • 1989 FFKA Super Middleweight World champion
  • 1987 KICK Super Middleweight World champion
  • 1986-89 PKC Middleweight U.S champion
  • 1986 PKC Light Middleweight U.S champion
  • Boxing
  • 1996 WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight champion
  • Kickboxing record

    Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

    References

    Rick Roufus Wikipedia


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