|Born||Rick John Roufus
June 3, 1966
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
|Other names||The Jet|
|Height||1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Fighting out of||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Team||Roufus Kickboxing Center.|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Rick John Roufus  (born June 3, 1966) is an American kickboxer, fighting out of The MMA Lab 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.
Biography and career
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.
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 wily. 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 Thériault. 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
- 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
- 1996 WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight champion
|Professional Kickboxing Record|
65 Wins (43 (T)KOs, 21 Decisions) 9 Losses, 3 Draws, 1 No contest
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||4 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||4-6||Wayne Cole||Submission (armbar)||SJW 3 - Slammin Jammin Weekend 3||May 9, 2009||1||0:36|
|Loss||4-5||Ryan Jimmo||TKO (punches)||PFP: Wanted||November 29, 2008||1||2:24||Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada|
|Loss||4-4||Hector Ramirez||Decision (unanimous)||SuperFights MMA - Night of Combat 2||October 11, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|Win||4-3||Reggie Cato||TKO (corner stoppage)||C3 Fights - Clash in Concho||September 19, 2008||2||Concho, Oklahoma, USA|
|Loss||3-3||Todd Brown||Submission (triangle choke)||Combat USA - Fight Night||June 28, 2008||2||1:31||Harris, Michigan, USA|
|Win||3-2||Roberto Martinez||Decision (unanimous)||C3 Fights - Contenders||June 7, 2008||3||Concho, Oklahoma, USA|
|Win||2-2||B.J. Lacy||KO (punches)||Combat USA - Battle in the Bay 7||May 30, 2008||3||Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA|
|Loss||1-2||Michael McDonald||Decision (unanimous)||Strike FC: Night of Gladiators||April 18, 2008||2||5:00||Ploiești, Romania|
|Win||1-1||Michael Buell||Decision (unanimous)||CCCF - Battle on the Border||March 29, 2008||3||3:00||Newkirk, Oklahoma, USA|
|Loss||0-1||Maurice Smith||Submission (straight armbar)||Strikeforce: At The Dome||February 23, 2008||1||1:53||Tacoma, Washington, USA|
Professional boxing record
|13 Wins (11 knockouts, 2 decisions), 5 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Loss||25-2-1||"Cowboy" Dale Brown||TKO||9||30/11/2001||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Referee stopped the bout after the ninth round.|
|Win||3-4-1||James Johnson||UD||4||23/02/2001||Janesville, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||8-2||Ismael Youla||PTS||8||21/02/1998||Paris, France|
|Loss||25-4-1||"King" Arthur Williams||TKO||4||22/02/1997||Condado, Puerto Rico, United States||USBA Cruiserweight Title.|
|Loss||52-30-1||Bobby Crabtree||TKO||7||27/09/1996||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||21-4-1||"Irish" Sean McClain||TKO||4||10/08/1996||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title.|
|Win||3-46||Carlton "Speedy" Brown||KO||2||27/04/1996||Doraville, Georgia, United States|
|Win||--||Rogue Dooley||TKO||1||26/04/1996||Harvey, Illinois, United States|
|Win||3-32||Stan Johnson||TKO||1||16/04/1996||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||--||Rick Wilks||KO||1||30/03/1996||Waterloo, Iowa, United States|
|Win||--||Raymond Wilks||KO||1||29/03/1996||Dolton, Illinois, United States|
|Draw||1-1||Louis "The Facelifter" Monaco||PTS||4||26/01/1996||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||--||Gene Ibarra||TKO||2||04/11/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2-0||Daniel "Dino" Salcedo||TKO||2||30/09/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2-42-2||Jordan Keepers||KO||2||16/09/1995||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||4-10-3||Ron Preston||UD||4||18/08/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3-1||Dennis Weaver||TKO||2||03/08/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1-1||Mike Brainard||TKO||3||17/06/1995||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||2-2||Ricardo Dabney||PTS||4||29/04/1990||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
- NSAC report of ISKA Kickboxing
- Strikeforce - Strikeforce At The Dome: Sapp Returns, Smith Battles Roufus
- "2006/03/05 TVN Entertainment (Results)". www.centralkickboxing.org. Retrieved 2011-06-14.