After weeks of training and preparation 46-year-old Rick Roufus walked away victorious last Saturday in Los Angeles. The Arizona resident defeated “Mighty” Mo Siliga via split decision at the K-1 2012 World Grand Prix.
Roufus has shared with us his thoughts, training regiments and some personal feelings over the past 6 weeks. Now he shares how it felt to defy the naysayers and move on to Tokyo in October.
To be honest I was very nervous going into the fight, I had a lot of nervous energy and excitement. This was a big fight for me and I wanted to see if I could get back to where I wanted to be. Mo is the hardest puncher in North America and he definitely came to fight.
The fans support was awesome and I had a lot of friends, family and students there with me. It was a great show overall, K-1 did a spectacular job from start to finish. The production was phenomonal. They treated me with the utmost respect, put us up in a nice hotel and made sure we had everything we needed. They truly went above and beyond. It was a great experience and being part of this will add to my legacy.
I was able to shut Mo down, I kept moving the whole fight and never allowed him to get comfortable. I knew if I stopped he would get off so I would pound him and move. I cut the corner on him, slipped him and bobbed and weaved. I was able to do everything I wanted, the first time I would have tried and trade with him it would have been his night. My cardio was unbelievable, I felt awesome through the whole fight and never got tired. That’s why I was able to stay active the whole three rounds.
A lot of people didn’t think I was going to beat Mo, especially the way that I did. A lot of my critics didn’t give me a snowballs chance in hell, but I was able to come out and take the fight. I hit him with some shots in the second round that knocked him back a bit. I took the steam out of him and was able to keep him off balance. It was a very big victory for me on a personal level.
I came back home Sunday morning and my family were as excited as I was. I have a 22-year-old daughter who watched the fight. She was giving my wife and younger kids updates during the bout. My trainer Wayne sent me a tape of the fight and my wife and I watched it together. She couldn’t believe how well I performed.
I was back at the MMA Lab on Monday to teach my kickboxing class and they were shocked that I was there. I walked in to pick some stuff up and they all stood up and clapped. They were all so happy for me and it truly felt great to be in the winners circle again.
My trainers came up with a great game plan and it worked so well. We brought in a lot of big fighters similar in size to Mo and it really made the difference in the fight. I can’t take all the credit for this victory, everyone had a hand in it from my trainers to my sparring partners. They all helped me out a great deal and I am so grateful.
I started training for my next fight on Wednesday, I don’t know who my opponent is yet, but the fight is scheduled for October 13th in Tokyo. K-1 is supposed to let me know who I will be facing in a week or so. Right now I am just keeping things sharp and fine tuned. Once I know who I will be fighting we can begin to formulate a game plan. I’ve fought in Japan on a few occasions and it’s so quiet you can hear a pin drop. Much different than the fans here in America.
I have to thank my trainers Shihan Nico and Wayne Viers, all of my training partners and my family. I also want to thank my sponsors World Dent, Intech Automotive and Dr. Scott Wilson. Their support helped me get through this camp.
BJPenn.Com would like to wish Rick and his wife Michelle a happy anniversary. They celebrated 10 years together on Thursday September 13th!Tags: featured, K-1 Uprising, Mighty Mo Siliga, MMA Lab, Rick Roufus