Rick Roufus

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Rick Roufus
Born Rick John Roufus
(1966-06-03) June 3, 1966 (age 50)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Other names The Jet
Nationality American
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Division Light Middleweight
Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing
Fighting out of Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Team Roufus Kickboxing Center.
Years active 1985 - 2012 (Kickboxing)
1990 - 2001 (Boxing)
2008 - 2009 (MMA)
Professional boxing record
Total 18
Wins 13
By knockout 11
Losses 5
Kickboxing record
Total 78
Wins 65
By knockout 44
Losses 9
Draws 3
No contests 1
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 4
By knockout 2
By decision 2
Losses 6
By knockout 1
By submission 3
By decision 2
Other information
Notable relatives Duke Roufus, brother
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 14, 2012

Rick John Roufus [1] (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.

Biography and career[edit]

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 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 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 Box Hill, 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.[2] 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Professional Kickboxing Record
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Record
2012-10-14 Draw United States James Wilson K-1 World Grand Prix 2012 in Tokyo Final 16 Tokyo, Japan Decision draw 3 3:00 65-9-3
2012-09-08 Win United States Mighty Mo K-1 World Grand Prix Los Angeles, USA Decision (Split) 3 3:00
2011-11-22 Win United States Anthony Newman WCK Muay Thai: USA vs. China Las Vegas, Nevada, USA KO (spinning back fist)
2006-09-09 Draw England Gary Turner Shin Do Kumaté X St. Petersburg, Florida, USA Decision draw 4 3:00
2006-03-05 Win Iran Mehrdad Khan Moayedi Shin Do Kumaté IX [3] St. Petersburg, Florida, USA TKO (kick to the body) 3
2005-04-30 Loss Japan Musashi K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Majority) 3 3:00
2004-08-07 Win Japan Akebono K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Las Vegas II Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-08-15 Win United States Jeff Ford K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas II Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00 59-7-1
2003-05-02 Loss United States Carter Williams K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas Final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (Referee Stoppage) 1 2:24
Fails to qualify for K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 Final Elimination.
2003-05-02 Win United States Maurice Smith K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas Semi-final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2003-05-02 Win Brazil Eduardo Maiorino K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 in Las Vegas Quarter-final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (2 Knockdowns) 1 2:54
2002-05-03 Loss Canada Michael McDonald K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary USA Final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (Corner Stoppage) 4 3:00
Fails to qualify for K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Las Vegas.
2002-05-03 Win United States Dewey Cooper K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary USA Semi-final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2002-05-03 Win United States Kurt Hasley K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Preliminary USA Quarter-final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
2000-03-18 Loss France Cyrille Diabate I.S.K.A. Championship Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 3 3:00
1999-05-15 Win Australia Stan Longinidis MASS Destruction Lowell, Massachusetts, USA TKO (Retirement) 9 3:00
Wins IKF International Rules World Heavyweight World title. (1)
1998-09-27 Loss Brazil Francisco Filho K-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round Osaka, Japan KO (Right Low Kick) 3 0:15
Fails to qualify for K-1 Grand Prix '98 Final Round.
1998-08-07 Win United States Curtis Schuster K-1 USA Grand Prix '98 Final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Gave Up (Unable to fight) N/A N/A
Wins K-1 USA Grand Prix '98 and qualifys for K-1 World Grand Prix '98 Opening Round.
1998-08-07 Win France Jerome Turcan K-1 USA Grand Prix '98 Semi-final Las Vegas, Nevada, USA KO (Right Hook) 2 0:58
1998-08-07 Win Mexico Pedro Fernandez K-1 USA Grand Prix '98 Quarter-final Las Vegas, Nevada, United States KO (Left Hook) 2 1:50
1997-09-07 Loss France Jérôme Le Banner K-1 Grand Prix '97 1st Round Osaka, Osaka, Japan TKO (Referee Stoppage) 3 2:05
Fails to qualify for K-1 Grand Prix '97 Final.
1996-06-01 Win Belarus Igor Sharapov Paris, France TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 4 2:00
Wins ISKA Full Contact Heavyweight World title.
1995-03-25 Win Netherlands Martin van Emmen
1995-03-13 Win United States Lavelle Robinson I.S.K.A. Kickboxing Santa Cruz, California, USA KO (Left High Kick) 3 0:30
1994-11-12 Loss Netherlands Ernesto Hoost Thriller in Marseille Marseille, France KO (Right High kick) 11 1:02
Loses ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title.
1994 Win France Dominique Valera Paris, France Decision (Unanimous)
1994-03-26 Win Canada Jean-Yves Thériault Karatemania VIII Montreal, Quebec, Canada Decision (Unanimous) 12 2:00 45-2
Retains PKC Light Heavyweight World title. (1)
1994-02-05 Win Netherlands Rob Kaman Paris, France KO (Left Hook) 2
Retains ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title. (4)
1994-01-22 Win Canada Michael McDonald International Kickboxing Federation - Karatemania Tahoe, Nevada, USA KO 1 0:43
Wins IKF Full Contact Light Heavyweight title.
1993-05-07 Win Poland Józef Warchoł France
1993-03-26 Win Netherlands Luc Verheye Paris, France KO (Punches) 4
1992-12-15 Win United States Jersey Long Karatemania V Montreal, Canada TKO 39-2
Retains ISKA. Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title. (3)
1992-11-13 Win Netherlands Ernesto Hoost New York, USA Decision (Unanimous) 12 2:00 38-2
Retains ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title. (2)
1992-04-25 Win South Africa Henk Pelser Karatemania IV Atlanta, Georgia, USA KO 8 37-2
1991-12-20 No Contest Netherlands Rob Kaman Les Choc Des Geants Paris, France No Contest 12 2:00
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. As a result he still retained his ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title. (1)
1991-08-24 Win United States William Knorr USA 36-2
1991-06-22 Win Poland Marek Piotrowski Chicago, Illinois, USA KO (High Kick) 2 0:59 35-2
Wins ISKA Full-Contact Light Heavyweight World Title and Piotrowski's PKC Full Contact Light Heavyweight World title.
1990-02-04 Win United States Kevin Whaley Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Decision (Unanimous) 10 2:00 33-2
Wins FFKA Light Heavyweight World title.
1989-08-19 Loss Poland Marek Piotrowski Chicago, Illinois, USA Decision (Unanimous) 10 2:00 31-2
Loses PKC Middleweight U.S title.
1989-07-20 Win England Andy Mayo Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA KO 3 31-1
Wins FFKA Super Middleweight World title.
1989-00-00 Win France Michel Mangeot
1989-00-00 Win United States Manson Gibson USA Decision
1988-11-05 Loss Thailand Changpuek Kiatsongrit Super Fight Kickboxing Las Vegas, Nevada, USA TKO (Left Low Kicks) 4 1:23 28-1
1988-00-00 Win United States Mike Steele USA KO (Left Hook) 1 1:15 25-0
1988-00-00 Win United States Chris Getz USA KO (Left Hook) 1 24-0
1988-01-28 Win United States William Knorr Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA TKO (Left Round Kick) 3
Retains PKC Middleweight U.S title.
1987-00-00 Win United States Manson Gibson USA Decision
1987-04-16 Win United States John Moncayo Karatemania II Atlanta, Georgia, USA KO 7 1:04 17-0
Wins KICK Super Middleweight World title.
1987-03-13 Win United States Jordan Keepers USA 16-0
1986-11-20 Win United States Rich Lopez Nautilus American Kickboxing Championships Lake Helen, Florida, USA Decision (Unanimous) 9 2:00 15-0
Retains PKC Middleweight U.S title.
1986-09-10 Win United States Oliver Miller Atlanta, Georgia, USA Decision (Unanimous) 9 2:00
Wins PKC Middleweight U.S title.
1986-05-21 Win United States Larry McFadden USA
1986-04-26 Win United States Tony Smith Karatemania I Atlanta, Georgia, USA KO (Left High Kick 2 12-0
Retains PKC Light Middleweight U.S title.
1986-01-08 Win United States Sylvester Cash Atlanta, Georgia, USA Decision (Unanimous) 9 2:00
Wins PKC Light Middleweight U.S title.
1985-11-02 Win United States Gerald Murphy Kenwood U.S. Open National Karate Championships Daytona Beach, Florida, USA KO (Punch) 1
1985-08-16 Win United States Tommy Richardson Toledo, Florida, USA Decision (Unanimous) 6-0
1985-00-00 Win United States J.C Owens USA
1985-00-00 Win United States Mike Winklejohn USA Decision (Unanimous)

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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[edit]

13 Wins (11 knockouts, 2 decisions), 5 Losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 1 Draw[4]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 13-5-1 Canada "Cowboy" Dale Brown TKO 9 30/11/2001 Canada Montreal, Quebec, Canada Referee stopped the bout after the ninth round.
Win 13-4-1 United States James Johnson UD 4 23/02/2001 Wisconsin Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 12-4-1 France Ismael Youla PTS 8 21/02/1998 France Paris, France
Loss 12-3-1 United States "King" Arthur Williams TKO 4 22/02/1997 Puerto Rico Condado, Puerto Rico, United States USBA Cruiserweight Title.
Loss 12-2-1 United States Bobby Crabtree TKO 7 27/09/1996 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 12-1-1 United States "Irish" Sean McClain TKO 4 10/08/1996 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight Title.
Win 11-1-1 United States Carlton "Speedy" Brown KO 2 27/04/1996 Georgia (U.S. state) Doraville, Georgia, United States
Win 10-1-1 United States Rogue Dooley TKO 1 26/04/1996 Illinois Harvey, Illinois, United States
Win 9-1-1 United States Stan Johnson TKO 1 16/04/1996 Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 8-1-1 United States Rick Wilks KO 1 30/03/1996 Iowa Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Win 7-1-1 United States Raymond Wilks KO 1 29/03/1996 Illinois Dolton, Illinois, United States
Draw 6-1-1 United States Louis "The Facelifter" Monaco PTS 4 26/01/1996 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6-1 United States Gene Ibarra TKO 2 04/11/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5-1 United States Daniel "Dino" Salcedo TKO 2 30/09/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4-1 United States Jordan Keepers KO 2 16/09/1995 Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 3-1 United States Ron Preston UD 4 18/08/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2-1 United States Dennis Weaver TKO 2 03/08/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 1-1 United States Mike Brainard TKO 3 17/06/1995 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 0-1 United States Ricardo Dabney PTS 4 29/04/1990 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NSAC report of ISKA Kickboxing" (PDF). Boxing.nv.gov. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 13, 2008. Retrieved January 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ "2006/03/05 TVN Entertainment (Results)". Centralkickboxing.org. Archived from the original on July 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Rick Roufus". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2016-04-11. 

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