May 9th, 2017, AT 4:20 PM,
WHERE IS HE NOW?
IKF Honors Another Great One!
Rick "The Jet" Roufus
Rick "The Jet" Roufus was born on June 3, 1966. He
is one of the most famous kickboxers in America, and has also competed
professionally in boxing and mixed martial arts. An accomplished professional
fighter throughout his competitive career Roufus won multiple world
titles in several weight classes which included being a two time IKF World Champion in two different rule styles and
Rick ended his career with a record of 64-9-3 with 43 wins coming by KO or
TKO. He also had a Pro boxing record of 13-5-1 with 11 wins by KO or TKO and a
Pro MMA record of 5-6.
Rick had called an end to his career in September 2003
due to an injury he felt he could not recover from (Severely Torn ACL).
However, we believe it was the excitement of a potential big
bout that brought him back to the ring the following year.
In April of 2004 there was a lot of talk about Rick matching up with
Professional Boxing Champion Mike Tyson. However, after the initial
hype, the match-up went south and just never happened. Read more about this
match up by clicking HERE.
Although the bout never took place, the hype of it took Rick's
injury rehab to warp speed and he was soon back in the ring on August 7th, 2004
at K-1 USA in Las Vegas, Nevada defeating Japan's Akebono at what was
called the K-1 World Grand Prix by Decision Unanimous decision.
Six more fights followed up to his last bout on October 14th,
2012 which was a Draw against fighter James Wilson at the K-1 World
Grand Prix in Tokyo.
In those last 6 bouts Rick went 4-1 with 2 draws.
At 5'11", 215 lbs. Rick was by far one of the
Greatest Fighters in the Sport of Kickboxing having won multiple World Titles in
various weight classes.
He made his name in winning his many multiple World Titles (6
different World Titles in 6 different weight classes) as a Full Contact
Rules Fighter, including his first IKF
World Title, in Full Contact Rules, against Mike McDonald in 1994. Roufus
became only the second IKF Mens Pro
Champion (Juan Torres was the first on the same event) when he
defeated Michael McDonald of Vancouver, BC, Canada, by "KO" at
:43 seconds of round 1. The bout was at Caesars Tahoe Casino in Tahoe, Nevada,
USA on January 22nd, 1994.
He won the IKF Pro International Rules
Heavyweight World Champion when he defeated Stan Longinidis of Boxhill,
Victoria, Australia in Lowell Massachusetts, USA on May 15th, 1999. Roufus won
by TKO after Loniginidis suffered a broken bone in his foot at the end
of round 9.
Roufus was ahead on all 3 judges cards at the time, 89-81, 86-83 and
88-81. The bout was by far his best win as a leg kick fighter in his career, but
it was scared with a negative that would follow him to his retirement when the
promoters failed to ever pay him hi contracted $91,000.00 purse.
Click here for the whole story.
Regardless of where his future takes him, to those of us who saw him fight
and knew him, he will always be known as "The Jet!"
- Rick "The Jet" Roufus
22, 1994: Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 42-1/24, 179, 5'11", Gary Brown
Pro Full Contact Rules Light Heavyweight
- Roufus became the second IKF Mens PRO CHAMPION and the second IKF Mens Pro
World Champion when he defeated Michael McDonald of Vancouver, BC, Canada, (24-4/6)
by "KO" at :43 seconds of round 1. The bout was at Caesars Tahoe
Casino in Tahoe, NV, USA on January 22nd, 1994.
- Sadly the promoter never bought Rick or Juan Torres their belts for their
IKF Titles this night.
- Roufus' Title was later Transferred to the IKF World Heavyweight
International Rules Title. See below for
explanation Roufus is still fighting in both Boxing and Kickboxing.
- Transfer: In 1998, having NEVER been challenged for his title he
won in 1992, Roufus made 2 career changing decisions. 1, He moved up in weight
class and 2, he "SWITCHED" to Leg Kick / International Rules
since he decided he no longer wanted to do Full Contact, above the waist Rules.
According to IKF (*) Rules, If an IKF Champion is "NEVER"
challenged at the title weight and rules division they have won their title at,
for a minimum of 3 years, the champion may move their "TITLE"
to a different weight class to seek challenges. This is ONLY possible "IF"
the title the champion holds is VACANT and has NEVER been held by ANYONE in the
weight class the Champion desires to move to. In addition, if the same desired
title is vacant and HAS NEVER been held by ANYONE in a Different Rules Division,
and the champion has decided to make a fighting style change, he/she may ALSO
change their title to that different Rules Division, again, IF they have NEVER
been challenged at the winning weight and division for a minimum of 3 years and
AGAIN, the title they are moving to has NEVER been held by Anyone.
- Roufus did both of these things in 1998. The stipulations though are that
the fighter must defend the title within 12 months after being transferred,
against an opponent selected by the IKF. If the Champion Does Not defend the new
title, they will be switched back to their original title winning position.
- (*) This Ruling was created for 2 reasons, 1,
to help create new IKF champions in different rule divisions and 2, to keep IKF
Champions busy rather than stay idle after winning a title. Some fighters, like
Roufus, just don't get challenged due to their requested purse, ability etc.
Because of this, the title they won may sit unchallenged. By allowing movement,
it opens up positions for new champions and as long as the title holder defends
their new title, we see NO PROBLEM with this rule.
- Rick "The Jet" Roufus
Georgia, USA, Self
Pro International Rules Heavyweight World
- Roufus won his title on May 15th, 1999 when he defeated Stan Longinidis (Right)
of Boxhill, Victoria, Australia by TKO after Loniginidis suffered a broken bone
in his foot at the end of round 9. Roufus was ahead on all 3 judges cards at the
time, 89-81, 86-83 and 88-81. The bout was in Lowell Massachusetts, USA
- Photos Of The Rick Roufus VS Stan Longinidis IKF World title Bout.
- On September 29th, 2003 Roufus Officially announced his retirement to the
IKF. In his last event, he tore his ACL (Knee). Although he had come back from
knee injuries in the past, this time he felt he could not recover from the
severity of the injury this time.
- "As we all know, Rick Roufus was and still is one of the most
recognized names in our sport. He has proven himself as a Champion to everyone
who follows in his footsteps. He was a true leader in his career and has set the
standard for what it takes to be a true WORLD Champion. We will miss his
excitement and star power for years to come." IKF President Steve
- Since his announced retirement, Roufus has come back and fought "Many"
times. His latest quest is in the Mixed Martial Arts Cage.
- Last Update: 12-24-07
- Rick "The Jet" Roufus
RECORD: Phoenix, Arizona, USA, KB: 64-9-3/43,
Pro BX: 13-5-1/11,
Pro MMA: 5-6, 5'11", 205, 6-3-66
Pro International Rules LEGENDS
- October 22nd, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Roufus won the IKF Legends
Title by forfeit when opponent Mighty Mo failed to pass his Nevada State
Physical. On the night Roufus fought an exhibition bout against Anthony Newman.
- Roufus was finally able to meet up with Mo almost a year later on September
8th, 2012 in Los Angeles California, winning a 3 round Split decision. This was
Roufus' last bout.
- Roufus' Legends title was retired in April of 2016.
- Last Update: 4-2016.
- Wikipedia On Rick Roufus.
- BOUT FOOTAGE