Archive: Duke Roufus

Dec 2, 2014 4:52 pm

Pat Barry Speaks Openly About Dennis Munson Jr.’s Death and Rofusport- Exclusive

Back in March of this year, amateur kick-boxer Dennis Munson Jr. died hours after his debut fight in Milwaukee. Since his death, a select few have come forward to speak out about the situation and about his team, Roufusport, led by Duke Roufus. Those few being current TUF contestant Rose Namajunas and her fiancé, former...

Nov 21, 2014 1:10 pm

Pettis defends Roufus: “When you attack one of us you attack all of us”

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis has found his longtime friend, and coach, Duke Roufus under fire from critics for his training methods in the wake of Dennis Munson Jr’s death. Pettis spoke to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to defend his coach in an interview transcribed by MMAFighting. “The thing that gets to me is that...

Nov 20, 2014 5:04 am

QUICK TWITT: Duke Roufus bars journalist from Anthony Pettis press conference

Recently Duke Roufus has caught backlash in the MMA community from former students, fighters who once trained under him, and former instructors for his training methods following the death of Dennis Munson Jr. John Diedrich of the Milwaukee Sentinel wrote a very thorough article regarding Munson’s death, which has prompted Roufus to bar the journalist...

Nov 19, 2014 3:28 pm

Namajunas explains why she speaks out against Roufus

Following the death of Dennis Munson Jr. in his first Muay Thai fight, Rose Namajunas spoke out about Duke Roufus, and the training methods at Roufusport. Following her lead, former students, instructors, and fighters spoke up about the methods used by Roufusport, and why they disagreed with them. She spoke to MMAJunkie about why she...

Nov 19, 2014 10:51 am

Askren defends Duke Roufus: “Duke’s great to me”

ONE FC welterweight champion Ben Askren has spent time training with Roufusport head coach Duke Roufus, and as a result, is defending Roufus’ training methods which have been criticized recently after the death of Dennis Munson Jr. Since Munson’s death, UFC fighters, former students, and even instructors have all opened up about Roufus’ training methods,...

Nov 17, 2014 9:24 pm

Erik Koch on Roufusport coaches: “These guys are great men and great teachers”

UFC fighter Erik Koch is defending his longtime gym, Roufusport after head coach and owner Duke Roufus took heat from former students and trainers for his training methods. Koch took to The UnderGround to support his coach. If you guys don’t already know I have trained at roufusport for about 5 years now. All this...

Nov 17, 2014 3:26 pm

Duke Roufus responds to criticism of training methods

Renowned striking coach Duke Roufus is taking the offensive against former pupils, and coaches who claim his training methods were unjustifiably harsh. Roufus spoke to MMAJunkie about the criticism, saying: “You know, when I see Rose and (former UFC fighter) Pat Barry, they don’t seem disgruntled. They’re very nice to me. Pat asked me advice...

Nov 17, 2014 12:18 pm

Rose Namajunas discusses Roufusport’s training methods

TUF 20 competitor Rose Namajunas, and former Roufusport teammate L-Dogg told their stories about training at Roufusport, and discussing the death of Dennis Munson Jr. Karyn Bryant of MMAHeat spoke to both Namajunas and L-Dogg via Skype.

Nov 17, 2014 12:05 pm

Fighters speak out against Duke Roufus following fighter’s death

Following the death of Roufusport fighter Dennis Munson Jr earlier this year, several former fighters, and trainers from the gym have began to speak out against head trainer Duke Roufus for his actions in training against his fighters. ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas took to Instagram with a screenshot from a message from a former teammate who...

Oct 5, 2014 3:32 pm

Anthony Pettis Smashing Mitts With Duke Roufus

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is gearing up for his return to the Octagon in December against Gilbert Melendez at UFC 181. ‘Showtime’ posted the following video on his Instagram of himself smashing a freestyle mitt workout with head coach, Duke Roufus. Loading Lil freestyle on the pads with @dukeroufus … View on Instagram

Jun 24, 2014 8:13 am

Joe Rogan Slams ‘The UnderGround’ Members

longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who hosts his own podcast ‘The Joe Rogan Experience‘ had Duke Roufus as his guest on the show. Over the course of the podcast the conversation shifted to the UnderGround, the notorious MMA Forum hosted by has played home to many fighters over the course of its history. However...

Nov 12, 2013 8:25 am

Coach: Pettis never fully healed from title fight knee injury

  When Anthony Pettis submitted Benson Henderson in August to win the UFC lightweight championship, it came at a price. A kick Henderson delivered to Pettis’ knee caused significant damage that he never quite healed from, his trainer Duke Roufus told MMA Junkie. “Anthony had been nursing it and trying to heal up, and he...

Oct 16, 2013 10:05 am

Coach: Askren Being Used As Pawn Between Two Promotions

“I feel like at times [Askren]’s being used as a pawn from one promotion to the other, personally. I mean, if [Bellator] doesn’t want him, let him go. I would love to see that fight happen, for sure. But Georges is talking about retiring, for one. Two, in order to make a title fight at...

Aug 28, 2013 9:30 am

Roufus thinks Henderson’s striking has gotten worse since first Pettis bout

Duke Roufus thinks Benson Henderson’s striking is lacking in a very important area; fundamentals. Roufus was a guest on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour and said that his prize pupil, Anthony Pettis, will take UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s title in their rematch at UFC 164 on Saturday. “Anthony has this guy’s number and I...

Aug 27, 2013 1:04 pm

Duke Roufus: Fighting Pettis in Milwaukee is like fighting GSP in Montreal

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will finally get his shot at UFC gold this Saturday night when he rematches Benson Henderson (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC 164 in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pettis and Henderson first met at WEC 53 back in 2010 for the World Extreme...

Apr 17, 2013 8:21 am

Coach: Pettis To Be The Next Anderson Silva

“Oh for sure it’s Anderson Silva. I have huge respect for Anderson Silva. He’s the best all around striker in mixed martial arts. For sure he’s got a good fluid style and he uses the Thai clinch well. This is going to sound arrogant but I think in a few short years, you’re going to...

Feb 19, 2013 11:20 am

Five Great Guests Join BJPenn.Com Radio Wednesday Night at 8pm EST

  Join hosts Bryan Levick and Mitch Ciccarelli this Wednesday night beginning at 8pm. We will go over this past Saturday’s UFC on Fuel 7 card as well as preview this coming Saturday’s historic UFC 157 event featuring the first female fight in UFC history. Joining us will be World Series of Fighting welterweight Josh...

Feb 13, 2013 10:27 pm

EXCLUSIVE | At Just 19 Sergio Pettis Says He Is Ready For Call From The UFC | MMA NEWS

For now, the last name Pettis is associated with UFC lightweight contender turned featherweight title challenger Anthony “Showtime” Pettis but MMA fans will soon recognize another. Anthony’s younger brother, 19 year old Sergio Pettis is on the rise and hungry to make a statement in MMA’s bantamweight division. Sergio currently sports an undefeated professional record...

Jan 27, 2013 10:17 am

What’s Next for the UFC on Fox 6 Main Card Fighters?

  Last night in Chicago fans at the United Center and at home watching on Fox were treated to four highly entertaining bouts as the UFC presented: UFC on Fox 6: Johnson vs. Dodson. The UFC and Fox seem to have really hit their stride as their past three events have all put out some...

Nov 6, 2012 7:02 am

Anthony Pettis Becomes Roufusport Partner

  Former WEC Lightweight Champion and current UFC lightweight contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis has become a partner in Roufusport Gym along with long time head coach Duke Roufus. Pettis who is scheduled to face Donald Cerrone sometime in January has been training at the gym for some time now and will also spearhead the launching of a...