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Anthony Pettis Becomes Co-Owner Of Roufusport MMA Academy In Wisconsin

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Roufusport teams up with WI National Guard for “WI MMA Today”

Press Release – November 6, 2012 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): Roufusport, one of the top MMA fight gyms in combat sports today, announced today that UFC featherweight contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, a longtime member of the Roufusport family, has become a partner alongside Head Coach Duke Roufus and General Manager Scott Joffe in their endeavors with the Roufusport MMA Academy and NAFC (North American Fighting Championships) businesses.

In addition, Pettis has joined Roufus, Joffe, and the Wisconsin National Guard in unveiling their latest collaborative effort, the “WI MMA Today” television show, which is debuting Saturday, November 10th, 2012 on WCGV TV My 24 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and surrounding coverage areas.

“For me to become part owner of the gym that started my career in the UFC means the world to me,” exclaimed Pettis. “I get to give other fighters the opportunity that Duke’s gym gave me. I’m sure there will be a lot of new responsibilities, but I’ve been running gyms since the age of 16, so it will be nothing new. I’m looking forward to new challenges, including the television show.”

“I would like to thank Duke Roufus and Scott Joffe for the opportunity, and my family and friends for supporting me while I achieve my goals.”

“WI MMA Today” will premier it’s first of 13 episodes on Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 10:30 PM on My 24 with online rebroadcast of each episode on NAFC’s YouTube channel (NAFC.tv) set for the subsequent Monday following its television airing.

Focusing on the state’s amateur adult mixed martial arts and youth Pankration competitors and training facilities, “WI MMA Today” will seek to bring an increased amount of exposure to this rapidly growing segment of the Badgerland population.

“What an awesome opportunity this is to help grow the sport of MMA in Wisconsin,” stated Roufus. “That is so important to me and the rest of the Roufusport family. I’d like to thank our partners for helping to achieve this.”

“WI MMA Today” hosts Scott Joffe, Duke Roufus, and Anthony Pettis will be joined by WI Combat Sport’s Paul Fladten in bringing viewers fight highlights, human interest features, training tips from the pros and a multitude of other exciting programming centered around MMA.

“’WI MMA Today’ was made possible from strong partnerships we have developed with groups and companies like the Wisconsin National Guard, CONCEDE, Showtime Sports Bar, Tiffin Mats, and of course, support from the fans,” said Joffe. “Without the fans’ interest, and in some cases, subsequent participation in MMA and Pankration, we wouldn’t have a reason to produce the show.”

“Stagnant economy or not, we felt the timing couldn’t be more perfect than now to launch WI MMA Today,” continued Joffe. “Mixed martial arts participation and viewership continues to rise and ‘WI MMA Today’ plans on giving Wisconsin’s strong base of fighters and camps a chance to really shine in the limelight on television in Wisconsin and globally online.”

Footage from November 3rd’s NAFC “Armageddon” MMA show at the WI State Fair will be featured in “WI MMA Today’s” first season’s run. Both adult and youth bouts will be showcased.

WCGV-TV, digital channel 25 (virtual channel 24.1), is a television station located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, affiliated with MyNetworkTV Its signal covers most of southeastern Wisconsin, including the cities of Racine, Kenosha, Sheboygan, and Waukesha. The station is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a duopoly in Milwaukee with WVTV, and the station’s transmitter site is on Milwaukee’s northwest side, co-located with WVTV on the Milwaukee Public Television broadcast tower. It is available digitally over the air, on Time Warner Cable, Dish Network and DirectTV.

In partnership with the Wisconsin National Guard, “WI MMA Today” is powered by CONCEDE (concedemma.com). Sponsors include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (pabstblueribbon.com), Roufusport MMA Academy (roufusport.com), Showtime Sports Bar & Grill (showtimemke.com), and Tiffin Mats (tiffinmats.com). Media partners of the show include FM 102 One (fm1021milwaukee.com), Minuteman Press Waukesha (mmpwaukesha.com), Shepherd Express (expressmilwaukee.com), and WCGV TV My 24 (my24milwaukee.com). “WI MMA Today” theme song “Leaders of the Revolution” performed by Milwaukee’s Well Informed Citizens.

For more information on Roufusport, please visit http://roufusport.com/. You can also find them on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/roufusport, and on Twitter @RoufusportMMA.

About Roufusport

Roufusport is run by famed kickboxer and MMA trainer Duke Roufus and his business partners Scott Joffe and Anthony Pettis. 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.

Duke 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 Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Alan “The Talent” Belcher, Erik “New Breed” Koch, Chico “King” Camus, and Germany’s Pascal “Panzer” Krauss, in addition to Olympic wrestler and Bellator Fighting Championship Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren.

Former students include former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, The Ultimate Fighter season one star Stephan Bonnar, and UFC veterans Pat Barry, Matt Mitrione, Ben Rothwell, and Jesse Lennox.


Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis Becomes Part Owner of Longtime Training Home Roufusport

Anthony Pettis has accomplished a lot during his time as a member of the Roufusport team.
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Anthony Pettis back to full strength, gunning for January fight against Donald Cerrone


Anthony Pettis was hospitalized last week after a bout with cellulitis, which according to WebMD, “is a skin infection caused by bacteria.”

Pettis was released from a Milwaukee hospital after a three-day stay. He said on Monday that he was “feeling a lot better.”

The news of his release was first reported on Tuesday’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, while AXS TV first reported his hospitalization last week.

As for his ongoing feud with Donald Cerrone, Pettis said his plan is still to fight Cerrone on Jan. 26. The UFC has yet to officially announce the lightweight fight or a card on that date.

He called Cerrone’s recent talk of being tired of waiting for him “funny” and was looking forward to fighting the former WEC star.

“I’m not going to fight unhealthy,” Pettis said.

Of course, the Pettis-Cerrone tilt was delayed after Pettis underwent shoulder surgery over the summer. His recent hospitalization had nothing to do with the surgery.

Pettis also dismissed any talk of the Cerrone fight being for a No. 1 contender spot in the lightweight division.

“I don’t even care anymore,” he said. “Until the contract is signed, I’m not thinking about that.”

Pettis pointed to the fact that he has been offered title shots in the past but those never materialized, so now he is focused solely on Cerrone.

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Anthony Pettis rushed to hospital with Staph infection

Just as talks started for an upcoming match-up between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis for title contention in the lightweight division, we hear the mournful news that Pettis has been rushed to the hospital with a case of staph this morning. Though Pettis’ manager Daniel Roberts does not feel it is severe, unattended – staph …

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Donald Cerrone Unsure Of His Next Move, Wait For Pettis Fight Or Face Lesser Ranked Fighter

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With a staph infection sideline former WEC champ Anthony Pettis in the short term, top lightweight competitor Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone (19-4, 1NC) is losing his patience waiting for a bout between him and ‘Showtime’ to happen.

The two are expected to meet this coming January but this latest injury to Pettis could delay this fight.

Speaking to ESPN.com, Cerrone, who is getting the itch to step back into the cage after fighting five times last year, is unsure of his next move whether it’s to take on a lesser opponent or to wait for Pettis in a No. 1 contender match.

“Joe (Silva’s) attitude is, ‘Why would you want to go from the top of the division to fight somebody in the middle and potentially risk everything,’” Cerrone said. “My management team says the same thing, ‘You should want the belt.’ I do want that belt.

“(The Pettis fight) is the No. 1 contendership. Of course it means something to me. That’s the ultimate goal is to get that title. That makes sense. Does waiting on him make sense? I don’t know.”

“At this point, if they call me tomorrow and say, ‘We need you next week,’ I’ll be game,” he said. “I don’t know what the next step is.”

Cerrone is 6-1 in the UFC with since joining the promotion in January 2011. The ‘Cowboy’ hasn’t been inaction since last August when he squared off with friend Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 finishing ‘The Young Assassin’ via first round knockout.


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Anthony Pettis was taken to the hospital on Monday for precautionary reasons after discovering a staph infection in his elbow, but the fighter hopes he will be released today.
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Donald Cerrone eager to fight Anthony Pettis: UFC keeps telling us be ready for January


With so much Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) news centering around fighters refusing fights and goofy title bookings like Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), it’s easy to forget about guys like Donald Cerrone.

You remember him, right? He’s the crazy bastard always willing to step in and fight anyone, anywhere, anytime at any weight.

Legitimately. Not hype like in a commercial for someone who isn’t actually that way.

Currently, “Cowboy” is on the sidelines, patiently awaiting his next date for the dance. He knows his partner — Anthony Pettis — but he doesn’t know when the two will be locked inside a cage for 15 minutes of battle.

In a recent interview with Bleacher Report, he did reveal the time UFC has told him to be ready.

“Nothing’s set, they just keep telling us, mid-January, end of January, be ready for January. You know January will be a quicker opportunity to fight, if we were doing the show it (the fight) would have been delayed until June or July.”

The show he’s referring to is TUF. At one point, Cerrone and Pettis were penciled in as coaches until Jones and Sonnen stepped in and brushed them off to the side. About that, Cerrone said:

“Obviously we got overrun by a bigger, badder wolf.”

All that’s left to do at this point is wait patiently and stay ready to scrap at any time.

We’ll certainly be ready to watch him handle business when the time comes.

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Original TUF 17 coaches Cerrone vs. Pettis scrapped due to injury

Weeks before the decision was made for Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones to become The Ultimate Fighter season 17 coaches there was a completely different match-up in mind for the job. Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis were called upon to host as the latest U.S. coaches, but unlucky for them the UFC was forced to …

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Anthony Pettis misses out on ‘TUF’ coaching gig, hoping to return in January


Anthony Pettis just can’t catch a break.

After missing out on two title shots over the last two years, “Showtime” told MMAFighting.com on Tuesday that he recently missed out on being a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“[I'm] still recovering from shoulder surgery,” he said, “and it’s taking longer than expected. I was hoping to get ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ gig because I was told it was me and [Donald] Cerrone coaching, and now it’s not happening. I’m just frustrated with everything, man.”

Pettis underwent shoulder surgery earlier this year following his win over Joe Lauzon in February. Over the summer, he said he was hoping to settle his recent beef with Cerrone in November or December but those plans have since changed.

“I’m hoping to return in January,” he said.

The UFC announced on Tuesday that Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen will coach next season’s The Ultimate Fighter.

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RFA 4 Features UFC Vets Tyson Griffin, Gilbert Yvel, Prospects Sergio Pettis, Bubba Jenkins

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The upstart Resurrection Fighting Alliance is heading on the road.

After the promotion held its first three events in its home state of Nebraska, the action moves to Las Vegas for RFA 4. Matchmaker Scott Cutbirth confirmed the organization would hold its next show at Sin City’s Texas Station, and also passed along the completed 14-fight card ahead of its Nov. 2 date.

Among the notable names scheduled to compete are several UFC veterans, including light heavyweight Gilbert Yvel and Marcio Cruz, who will be facing off in the night’s main event, and lightweights Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero, who will be competing in co-main event action, as well as various others.

The event also features some notable newcomers. The most well-known among them might be Sergio Pettis, the unbeaten bantamweight brother of UFC lightweight contender Anthony Pettis. Former wrestling Olympian Steve Mocco, 2011 Division I wrestling champ Bubba Jenkins and four-time collegiate wrestling All-American Lance Palmer are also signed to fight.

The full card of RFA 4 is below.

Gilbert Yvel vs. Marcio Cruz
Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero
Alessandro Ferreira vs. Fredson Paixao
Phil Dace vs. Chidi Njukuani
James Krause vs. Toby Imada
Derrick Burnsed vs. Dakota Cochrane
Jimmy Spicuzza vs. Bubba Jenkins
Nick Macias vs. Lance Palmer
Jimmy Jones vs. Sergio Pettis
Tyler Shinn vs. Chris Holdsworth
Carl Postma vs. Steve Mocco
Gregor Gillespie vs. Joey Angelo
Derrick Bohi vs. Tyler Perry
Jerry Shapiro vs. Cory Galloway

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