(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): Roufusport is the home for some of the top fighters in the sport of MMA, including UFC® fighters Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Erik Koch, and “Danny Boy” Downes.
As the head trainer for one of the top gyms in the world, Duke Roufus feels a sense of responsibility to the future of the sport he loves so much, which is why he spends a considerable amount of time training youngsters just getting involved in MMA.
“I love to train the young guys. It’s really exciting to see the next crop of athletes developing before our eyes,” says Roufus.
One such fighter is Sergio Pettis, the brother of former WEC® Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis. At only 17 years old, Sergio has been training with Roufusport in preparation for a professional career as a fighter. Now, he’ll take the next step of his career, as he’ll compete for the Canadian Fighting Championship (CFC) in September in his first pro bout.
CFC President Giuseppe DeNatale exclaimed, “I’ve been hearing about the Pettis boys for several years now, and I know they’re both very, very talented. I’m excited and honored to have Sergio competing on our show, and I look forward to seeing him put on a great performance. It’s going to be a great night for fight fans.”
About his first professional fight, Sergio had this to say: “It’s going to mean a lot. If I lose, it could determine my future in the sport. And if I do well, it could be a huge boost. So there’s a lot of pressure on me, but I’m going to have to pull through.”
“Showtime” is also very excited about his brother’s pro debut: “It’s awesome. I set out in this sport to do that, to help pave the way for him. I think he’s going to have a very successful pro debut. And he’s going to make a big impact in this sport. The sport can be lucrative, and he’s going to take advantage of that. Sergio has a very, very bright future.”
Anthony continued, “He’s my main training partner, and he’s only 17 years old. Whether it’s me, Erik Koch, or Danny Downes, Sergio is holding his own against all of us in training. He’s going to be a monster, and he’s going to do huge things in MMA.”
Sergio, for his part, is grateful to have such a great team, including his brother, behind him. “It means a lot that my brother and the team have helped me like they have. They’ve always there for me. And Anthony always calms me down. I’ve gotten frustrated in some of my amateur bouts, and he’s done a great job at helping me keep my composure. It means a lot, and it helps me out a lot. He’s a good coach.
“I’d like to thank Coach Roufus, the fight team, my brother Anthony, and the CFC for giving me this opportunity. I plan to take advantage of it!”
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Roufusport is run by famed kickboxer and MMA trainer Duke Roufus and his business partner Scott Joffe. It is a world class brand that includes a state-of-the-art training facility, fight team, and MMA promotion, the North American Fighting Championship.
Roufus is one of the most recognizable MMA and striking coaches in North America, and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai kickboxing outside of Thailand. Roufus also runs the Roufusport Fight Club team, which includes UFC® stars Alan Belcher, Patrick Barry, Anthony Pettis (of the famous “Showtime Kick” off the cage), Ben Rothwell, Erik Koch and “Danny Boy” Downes.
Former students include former UFC® Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, The Ultimate Fighter® season one star Stephan Bonnar, and UFC® veterans Matt Mitrione and Jesse Lennox.