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Family of late kickboxer Dennis Munson files wrongful death lawsuit against Roufusport

The family of kickboxer Dennis Munson Jr., who died following a fight promoted by Roufusport, has filed a lawsuit against the well-known mixed martial arts gym and others involved.

Munson Jr. died in 2014 due to complications from head trauma following a kickboxing match. Munson trained at Roufusport and the card was run by gym management. Munson Jr.’s estate and parents are named as plaintiffs in the wrongful death lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, per online court records.

The news of the lawsuit was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Per the paper, the lawsuit contends that the defendants showed negligence, maliciousness and “deliberate indifference.”

Munson was 24 years old at the time of his death. It was his first fight.

Duke Roufus, one of the most high-profile coaches in MMA, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, as is Scott Joffe, who co-promoted the event March 28, 2014 at Milwaukee’s Eagles Club. Also named as defendants are ringside doctor Carlos Feliciano; referee Al Wichgers; coaches Scott Cushman and Joe Nicols; and Roufusport Academy. Two insurance companies and the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund were named, as well.

At the time of the card, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services regulated MMA and boxing in the state, but not kickboxing. That has since changed. A law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker, for the state to regulate and sanction kickboxing went into effect March 1.

The legislation was spurred on by an investigative series written by the Journal Sentinel’s John Diedrich three years ago. The newspaper interviewed a dozen independent combat sports experts, who reviewed the fight video and determined Munson to exhibit obvious red flags, including crossing his feet, not defending punches and staggering during the bout.

Video of the fight showed Feliciano looking at his cellphone during significant parts of the sequence of events and Cushman lightly slapping Munson in the corner following the three-round bout, just before Munson collapsed.

The Journal Sentinel reported that Munson had struggled to cut eight pounds for the 135-pound bout and the weigh-ins were conducted earlier on the same day of the fight. No protective headgear was required by the Roufusport-promoted North American Fighting Championship.

An e-mail sent to Joffe for comment by MMA Fighting was not returned Tuesday.

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Roufusport Teammate Emmanuel Sanchez: CM Punk ‘Absolutely’ Will Fight in UFC

Earlier this week, CM Punk revealed that back surgery would delay his highly-anticipated Octagon debut, which was expected to take place at either UFC 199 or UFC 200.
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CM Punk moves to Milwaukee to be closer to Roufusport gym

CM Punk is pulling out all the stops as he starts his MMA career.

The former WWE star has moved to Milwaukee, so he can be closer to the Roufusport gym where he’s training in preparation for his UFC debut, Ariel Helwani reported Wednesday on UFC Tonight. Punk still owns a home in Chicago, but he’s renting in Milwaukee to cut down on his commute time every day.

Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, told Helwani that his training is going very well. He just sparred five rounds Monday and felt great afterward. His coach Duke Roufus told Helwani that Punk’s training is going great, but there is still no timetable for his debut. They’re taking it day by day.

Punk, 36, got a lot of criticism when he signed with the UFC last December, given that he had no competition experience in MMA or any kind of martial art. But reports of his hard work at Roufusport have come from multiple well-regarded fighters, including Ben Askren, who was skeptical of Punk signing with the UFC at the start.

UFC president Dana White said recently that Punk and Roufus will let him know when they’re ready to book a fight. Punk said on the Anik and Florian Podcast last week that he wouldn’t even be upset if his first bout was in 2016.

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

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LONGTIME ROUFUSPORT FIGHTER ANTHONY “SHOWTIME” PETTIS BECOMES GYM PARTNER; TEAMS UP TO LAUNCH NEW TV SHOW
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.

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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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Roufusport Product Elias Garcia Representing The Pettis Family Proudly

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Press Release – (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): Rising amateur flyweight Elias Garcia has some pretty big ankle-wraps to fill. When you come from the same family as UFC lightweight contender Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and fellow blue-chipper Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis, the bar is set a little higher than for the average competitor.

Garcia wouldn’t want it any other way.

“It’s a lot of pressure being in the same family as Anthony and Sergio, but, ironically, I only met them last year. But I’ve always felt like I’d be a fighter. And when I found out that I was related to them, it all just clicked. My family…we’re all fighters, whether we train MMA or not. I’m just continuing that.”

A strong all-around fighter with a nose for finishing opponents early on, Garcia is way ahead of most 19 year-old amateur fighters. A natural 125-pounder, he’s fought outside his weight class in order to garner more experience, and despite the challenges, he has built a stellar 9-1 amateur record. Garcia has finished seven of his nine victims.

“Elias has fighting in his blood…there’s no question about that,” states his trainer, Duke Roufus. “But it’s his willingness to work combined with his natural talents that really set him apart. Many fighters have one of those elements, but when they have both and utilize them properly, the sky truly is the limit for them.”

This Saturday, June 9th, Garcia will look to represent his family and his gym, Roufusport, when he battles Jonathan Meins for the Wisconsin Fighting Championships Flyweight Championship. Some are clamoring for him to turn professional. However, he is in no hurry.

“Despite my success, I’ve only been training MMA for a year, so I don’t feel that I’m quite ready to go pro, even though I want to. But I don’t want to sacrifice future success just to get paid now. I’d rather wait, be patient, and make sure I am completely prepared.”

“For now, I am completely focused on Jonathan. I plan on finishing him, and I want to put on a huge show in the process. Even though I’m not going pro yet, I want to show the fans I’m ready, regardless.”

Recently, Garcia was featured in a short documentary. This intriguing piece shows his skill set as well as his work ethic, which are expected to take him far in the fight game. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4zKg2th3VU

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

About Roufusport
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 includes UFC stars Alan Belcher, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Erik “New Breed” Koch, and Pascal “Panzer” Krauss.

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.

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Phil Lanides
Crossfire Media Group
(408) 439-3245
Phil@CrossfireMG.com

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