UFC lightweight Anthony Pettis now knows that feeling because he’s become a full partner and owner at Roufusport, the gym he trains out of in Wisconsin.
Pettis joins owner and trainer Duke Roufus as well as general manager Scott Joffe as a co-owner and operator of Roufusport MMA Academy, and the NAFC (North American Fighting Championships) promotion.
“For me to become part owner of the gym that started my career in the UFC means the world to me. 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,” said Pettis in a press release.
“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.”
In addition to his co-ownership of the gym and fight promotion, Pettis will also work on a new local television show put together by Roufusport titled “WI MMA Today”, which will focus on the local fight scene and competitors coming out of Wisconsin.
The show will begin airing on Saturday night, Nov 10 at 10:30pm on WCGF My 24 in Wisconson.
Pettis joins other fighters like UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, who has taken the step from fighter to gym owner, investing in the team that helped them reach the top of the sport.