MILWAUKEE COMBAT SPORTS LEGEND DUKE ROUFUS TO HOST ROAD TO GLORY 8-MAN TOURNEY IN SPRING, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA): It was revealed
today that the recently announced ROAD TO GLORY USA fight series,
which is intended to discover America’s next great stand-up
fighting superstars, will make a stop in Milwaukee in the spring.
Coordinating the event will be Duke Roufus, who runs Roufusport,
one of the top fight gyms in North America. The date and tournament
field for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.
ROAD TO GLORY USA, which is owned and operated by Glory Sports
International (GSI), is set to kick off with an eight-man light
heavyweight (209 pounds) tournament at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Tulsa on February 1st. Each ROAD TO GLORY USA single-elimination
tournament in 2013 will showcase American fight talent in one of
GLORY’s six different weight classes.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to help showcase the sport of
kickboxing, which I love very much,” stated Roufus. “I’m not
leaving MMA, but I am so appreciative of this honor being given to
me. There’s no better place than Milwaukee for this to happen…there
are strong kickboxing roots here.”
Duke Roufus retired from kickboxing in 2005, having won four world
titles and compiling an impressive 36-8-1 record with 26 KO’s
during his legendary career. Roufus has trained 19 national amateur
kickboxing champions, and two North American amateur champs, as
well as an amateur Muay Thai champion that won his title in
Bangkok, Thailand. Duke also has trained two world champions in
Muay Thai, and a K-1 tournament champion. In addition, he is the
head coach for some of the top MMA fighters in the world, including
former WEC World Champion Anthony
Pettis, Alan Belcher,
Koch, Chico Camus,
Krauss, in addition to Olympic wrestler and Bellator Fighting
Championship Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren.
The champion of each ROAD TO GLORY USA tournament will be awarded a
grand prize of $20,000 as well as a one-year contract to fight in
GLORY championship series tournaments that award up to $600,000 in
prize money. With television deals spanning every continent, plus a
groundbreaking online video streaming system and the world's
largest online martial arts library, GLORY is one of the world's
most widely-broadcast sporting organizations.
GSI is the world’s premier kickboxing organization, and has offices
in Holland, the U.K., Tokyo, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Its
personnel includes a diverse mix of award-winning hedge-fund and
private equity investors, principals from pioneering sports
marketing agency Total Sport Asia, and senior level executives from
several leading sports franchises, including WWE, FIFA, Golden
Glory, Champions League, and It's Showtime.
Roufus and GSI are committed to reinvigorating kickboxing in North
America. More details of their partnership and the resulting fight
series will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
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