Roufus & Doerksen Return Headlines Winnipeg Event

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Duke Roufus sent along the following:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2007

ATTENTION: SPORTS EDITOR/DIRECTOR

ROUFUS RETURN HEADLINES WINNIPEG TRIPLE STYLE MAIN EVENT!!!

Wednesday, May, 23, 2007 (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) King John
Promotions
and the Canadian Kickboxing & Muay Thai Centre, in association with
Gladiators Fighting present “Colosseum V” MMA, Kickboxing & Boxing
triple
style fight night, featuring 4-time World Kickboxing Champion Duke
Roufus
(36-8) looking to take out Brazil's best in Eduardo “Morpheus”
Maioraino de
Morais (33-5) this Friday night, May 25th inside the Winnipeg
Convention
Centre.

Ten bouts are planned for the evening with Roufus' return to the ring
(after
nearly a 2 year absence) a big treat for the large contingent of loyal
fight
fans in “The Peg!” Roufus made a name for himself as a fighter in 1995
when
he won the ISKA, WKA, WAKO Undisputed World Heavyweight Kickboxing
Championship by 1st round (overhand right) KO over Stan “The Man”
Longinidis
(Melbourne, Australia) at the Foxwood's Casino in Ledyards, CN. Roufus
went
on to collect 3 more world titles with wins over Mitch “Mandingo”
Ohello of
Brisbane, Australia in 1996, Patrick Smith from Denver, CO in 1997 and
Hirawa Terengi of Aukland, New Zealand in 1998.

Roufus (37) has also made a name for himself as a trainer and put his
acclaimed training academy on the map as one of the world's best. In
addition, Duke can be seen or heard in many places including
appearances on
Walker Texas Ranger, Best Damn Sports Show and the E Network, and as
color
commentator for K-1 ESPN PPV, “Colosseum Fighting” Shaw PPV, “King Of
the
Cage” TSN, “The Break Out Women” MMA, Mainstream MMA, Guilty Boxing,
Freestyle Fighting Championship and Kings Of Kickboxing.

Roufus last fought in June of 2005, when he won a close decision over
Croatia's Sinisa “Thunderman” Andrijasevic in front of a packed house
in his
hometown of Milwaukee. Since then, he has concentrated on developing
his
stable of talented fighters who train at his local gym, Duke Roufus
Academy.

Even when he's not training for a fight, Roufus keeps himself in top
shape
by performance training with former NFL star Joe Panos, and training
and
sparring with UFC fighters Stephan Bonnar, Jens Pulver, Brad Imes and
Eric
“Red” Schafer, IFL Heavyweight Champion Ben Rothwell, K-1 fighter and
IKF
Heavyweight World Muaythai Champion Giuseppe “The Godfather” DeNatale,
plus
a slew of professional and amateur fighters who train at the school.

Eyeballing Roufus from across the ring will be the younger and taller
(6' 3″
vs. 6' 1″) Maioraino de Morais (27), who has racked up a ton of titles
himself, most notably, he is a 3-Time Brazilian Muaythai Champion, WKN
Brazilian Muaythai Champion, Brazilian Champion of Demolition Fight lll
Muay
Thai, 2004 Champion of K-1 Brazil Grand Prix and was a participant in
the
2003 World K-1 USA Grand Prix in Las Vegas-NV. Maioraino de Morais of
Campo
Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, has trained extensively at Chute
Boxe
and has been one of Vanderlei Silva' training partners.

This is going to be a brawl where anything could and will happen! If
this
were to ultimately be Duke's last fight, look for him to try and end
this
one in grand fashion.

In a Middleweight MMA bout that should produce some fireworks of it's
own,
Winnipeg's own Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen (38-9) fight's his last fight in
Winnipeg for a while, as he recently signed a contract with Japan's
Pride
Fighting, and gets in the ring with Maioraino de Morais' student,
training
partner and stable mate Emerson Nunes da Silva (28-3), also of Campo
Grande.

Fighting in the UFC and the IFL, Doerksen has compiled an impressive
list of
victories in recent years, beating The Ultimate Fighter Season 4
finalist
Patrick Cote, TUF Season 3 finalist Ed Herman, UFC Fighter Chris Leben
and
Pride star Denis Kang. From here, Doerksen moves to the revered rings
of
Japan's Pride Fighting Championship where he hopes to challenge, beat
and
ultimately become the world's best.

The complete bout lineup is as follows:

Main Event
Heavyweight Gladiators Kickboxing -265 lbs
4-Time World Champion Duke Roufus, Milwaukee, WI USA vs. 2004 K-1
Brazil
Champion Eduardo “Morpheus” Maioraino de Morais, Campo Grande, Mato
Grasso
do Sul, Brazil

Welterweight Gladiators Boxing -170 lbs
John McLean, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada vs. Brooke Welby, Winnipeg

Gladiators Fighting Middleweight MMA Championship -185 lbs
Current Champion Chris “Seven Nations Sensation” Fontaine, Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada vs. Justin “Bacon” Hutter, Waukesha, WI USA

Middleweight Gladiators MMA -185 lbs
Joe “El Dirte” Doerksen, Winnipeg vs. Emerson Nunes da Silva, Campo
Grande

Gladiators Fighting Welterweight Kickboxing Championship -170 lbs
Current Champion “Dangerous” Dave Zuniga, Winnipeg vs. Torrence “The
Tyrant”
Taylor, Cleveland, OH USA

Featherweight Gladiators Boxing – 145 lbs
Billy Arnott, Winnipeg vs. Michael Springer, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Heavyweight Gladiators MMA – 265 lbs
Rodrigo Munduruca, Winnipeg vs. Don Richard, Flint, MI USA

Featherweight Gladiators MMA -145 lbs
Serge “Seek & Destroy” Rochon, Winnipeg vs. TBA

Lightweight Gladiators Boxing -155 lbs
Codey Hanna, Winnipeg vs. Frank Abbiw, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Featherweight Gladiators MMA -145 lbs
Eric “Odedaly” Perez, Winnipeg vs. Mike Davis, Grand Forks, ND USA

The event gets underway at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 5:00 p.m.

For General Admission $30.00 tickets (which may be purchased at the
door),
please call Ticketmaster at (204) 780-3333, CKMTC at (204) 772-2599 or
King
John Boxing at (204) 982-4540.

Bouts subject to change without notice.

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