Today’s top ranked competitive world of Mixed Martial Arts, is filled with so much talent that you can turn on a TV and buy a UFC Fight Pass to a card, from a variety of leagues, that’s stacked with combats sports excitement. Today’s MMA champion isn’t just a grappler, or a striker they are a refined hybrid of martial arts styles that comes together to form the most efficient and effective form of fighting. Behind every great MMA fighter is a gym and a coach that is responsible for bringing out the best in their student and providing them with the training, mind-set, environment and motivation to one day develop them into a champion.
A shining example of this is the Roufusport Mixed Martial Arts Academy, run by former Kick-boxing champion, Duke Roufus, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Duke was brought up in the martial arts and trained by his father from an early age and began competing in the kick-boxing circuit during the Nineties were he has great success and numerous titles in the sport including the W.K.A. North American Super Heavyweight Championship, W.A.K.O. World Super Heavyweight Championship, W.K.B.A. World Super Heavyweight Championship and the K.I.C.K. World Super Heavyweight Championship during the 1990s. Roufus won the IKF International Kickboxing Federation Pro Muay Thai Rules World Super Heavyweight Title on December 4, 1998 in Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA over Hiriwa TeRangi of New Zealand by unanimous decision 50-43 on all 3 judges’ cards.
On March 19, 1999, in Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA in his only defence of the title, Roufus quickly defeated Australia’s WKA World Champion Grant Barker with a combination of strikes which included a leg kick, 2 knees to Barker’s head and finished with a high head kick, Roufus only took 39 seconds to knockout the Australian in the opening round of the scheduled 5 round Muay Thai bout.
Duke is well known and well-respected within the MMA community and he and the Roufusport team have featured on such popular TV shows such as the UFC’s Ultimate fighter where his student, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis won the shows fight finale and later went on to become the UFC lightweight champion under Dukes instruction. Duke has featured everywhere from the Joe Rogan Podcast to emcee-ing the largest MMA events.
Nowadays Duke spends his time building champions in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts at the Roufusport gym, with his team of highly capable coaches such as the striking master, Scott Cushman and Jiu-jitsu genius, Daniel ‘Bigdog’ Wanderley. Together they provide a training environment that gives a competitive edge and keeps the sports top competitors coming back for training sessions and camps. The roster of names for today’s “RouTang Clan’ includes an impressive list of top contenders and champions from fight leagues such as the UFC, Bellator, VFC and RFA. Both Pettis Brothers Anthony and Sergio aka, Team Pettis, Showtime and the Phenom respectively. Current VFC middle-weight champion; Mike ‘Biggie’ Rhodes, Bellator flyweight contender; Emmanuel ‘El Matador’ Sanchez and UFC welter-weight contender Tyron Woodley all trust their careers and their futures to the hands of Duke and his team. Duke has also been sought out by MMA-newcomer and WWE veteran, CM Punk, to train him for his up and coming bout at UFC 203.
Not only does Duke provide the very best in improving his athlete’s skill-sets, he also provides a training facility that has top-class equipment, giving his athletes the best training environment that can be found in the Northern United States. With all training equipment supplied by specialist supplier; Combat Corner and the finest sports surface in the country provided courtesy of McBryde Mats. At McBryde Mats, we spent months talking to Duke to understand the needs of his athletes and his training style. We spent countless hours discussing the layout of the gym, everything was custom fitted to Dukes exact specifications, from the pole padding and wall pads right down to the martial-arts mats on the floor which featured the best custom artwork we have ever produced, hand painted onto the mats with a proprietary process that won’t fade and crack like his previous mats did. At McBryde Mats, we are proud to provide the training surface to champions and provide them the protection they need to give them the confidence to push boundaries in every practice while they chase their title dreams.