Founded byDuke Roufus
Primary ownersDuke Roufus
Scott Joffe
Anthony Pettis[1]
Primary trainersDuke Roufus
Raufeon Stots
Anthony Pettis
Scott Cushman
Craig Eckelberg
Past titleholdersAnthony Pettis
Tyron Woodley
Jens Pulver
Rose Namajunas
Ben Askren
Training facilitiesMilwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
WebsiteOfficial Website

Roufusport (also known as Roufusport MMA Academy) is a mixed martial arts gym based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Known as one of the top gyms in MMA,[2][3] it has produced two former UFC champions, Anthony Pettis (former UFC Lightweight Champion)[4][5] and Tyron Woodley (former UFC Welterweight Champion).[6][7]


Duke Roufus was a former professional kickboxer who retired in 2002. In 2006 he founded Roufusport in his dad's basement as a kickboxing team to train with,[8] and later in 2012 Anthony Pettis join the business as the co-owner of Roufusport.[9]

At the start, Roufusport had two basic problems with the first one being disorganization. There were structural challenges to coaching MMA as back then the sport was still relatively new and there wasn't a formal structure in places compared to other sports like Amateur Wrestling.[8] The second problem was perceived bullying at the gym where training sessions were said to be very intense for certain members to a point it could be considered abuse.[8] In addition in 2014, Roufusport had the highest rates of injuries amongst MMA camps.[10] Criticism of Roufusports was high during the same year when the death of Dennis Munson Jr. occurred and both the gym and Duke Roufus were blamed for the incident.[11]

However, despite criticisms, the gym has managed to persevere to remain as one of the top MMA gyms[2][3] that has trained many high level fighters. Two of its fighters have gone onto to win UFC champions while training with Roufusport. They are Anthony Pettis[4][5] and Tyron Woodley.[6][7]

Controversy over the death of Dennis Munson Jr.

On 28 March 2014, Dennis Munson Jr., an amateur kickboxer from Roufus' gym, Roufusport, died after taking part in a bout promoted by Roufus.[12] The bout took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the fighters were not required to wear protective headgear.[12] Munson's recorded cause of death by the Milwaukee County medical examiner was head trauma.[13] Dehydration caused by the fighter cutting weight up to and including the day of the fight, was considered a potential contributing factor.[14]

Munson's two cornermen were his coaches from the Roufusport gym, and as the event promoter, Roufus appointed the ringside doctor, referee and other officials. It was Munson's first fight.[12]

Video footage of the bout circulated widely. It was noted despite Munson showing signs of having difficulty returning to his corner, the staff including the doctor did not engage in administrating medical assistance until it was too late when Munson collapse in the ring.[15] Munsun arrived at the hospital where he died a few hours later. After Munson's death, Roufus was publicly criticized by experts in the sport for his promotional practices, and the decisions and actions of the officials and Munson's cornermen at the bout. He was further criticized by several past students and past Roufousport staff for his treatment of students, behavior and management style at Roufusport gym.[11][15]

In 2017, the family of Dennis Munson Jr filed a lawsuit against Roufusport and several staff that were part of the bout. It alleged those responsible for Munson's safety failed in their duty to protect him during the unregulated bout.[16] The lawsuit was fully settled with all parties in 2020.[17]

Notable Fighters

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