Looking to promote an old school-style kickboxer vs. boxer matchup, the World Cagefighting Alliance has finalized an intriguing headlining match for its second-ever show on May 8 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City that will feature former K-1 standout Rick Roufus taking on former professional boxer Jeremy Williams.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the matchup after speaking with the WCA’s matchmaker Gary Marino late Saturday night. Marino was quick to add that all matchups for the May 8 event are still pending approval by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board and that the card is subject to change.
With the nickname “Half-man, Half-amazing,” Williams was one of the first-ever boxers to leave the “Sweet Science” in order to pursue a full-time career in mixed martial arts. The 34-year old accumulated a record of 168-4 as an amateur and is a member of the Golden Gloves Hall of Fame.
As a pro, Williams was 42-5-1 with 35 of his victories coming by way out knockout. A two-time WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion, he made his MMA debut in December of 2005. Competing just five times in MMA in the last four years, Williams is a perfect 5-0 with four of his fights having taken place under the ICON Sport banner in Hawaii.
Williams last MMA fight took place in March of 2008 during the undercard for an Icon card that was headlined by Kala Kolohe Hose defeating Phil Baroni via fifth round TKO. Facing Auggie Padeken in a co-main event, Williams was victorious following a TKO just 2:18 into the fight.
Nicknamed “The Jet,” Roufus holds an impressive kickboxing record of 57-7 with 40 wins by way of knockout. He has held six world titles in kickboxking including International Kickboxing Federation titles in two separate weight classes. He is also a former ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight Champion as well as a former K-1 U.S. Champion.
Roufus made his MMA debut on Feb. 23, 2008 during a Strikeforce event at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. Facing K-1 legend and former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith, Roufus was forced to tap to an armbar at 1:53 of round 1. He has competed in MMA eight times since losing to Smith and holds an overall MMA record of 4-5.
In addition to Roufus vs. Williams, another featured fight includes a featherweight showdown between former IFL standout Deividias Taurosevicius and top-flight Northeast prospect Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton.
A native of Lithuania, Taurosevicius is known for his nasty cut kicks and has improved greatly the past two years as a complete mixed martial artist. With an overall record of 10-3, Taurosevicius holds notable victories in seven-year career over Dan Lauzon, Zac George, Trenell “Savant” Young, and Bart Palaszewski.
Despite having signed a multi-fight contract with Affliction last year, May 8 will mark Taurosevicius’ first fight since a unanimous decision loss to then-IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz during the IFL’s final event on May 16, 2008.
Shelton is 6-4 overall with his early losses coming as an undersized lightweight. Since beginning his career 0-3 with defeats to former UFC veterans Din Thomas and Joe Veres as well as current UFC lightweight Cole Miller, Shelton has gone 6-1.
A former alternate for The Ultimate Fighter season five, Shelton has been gradually working his way down to the bantamweight division but will move back up to featherweight for his fight vs. Taurosevicius. His last fight took place in August of 2008 during a Combat Sport Challenge event in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Fighting at 135 pounds, Shelton recorded a unanimous decision victory over jiu-jitsu black belt Sidemar “Sedico” Honorio.
Additionally, a welterweight matchup featuring Doug Gordon vs. Jose Rodriguez and a featherweight bout between Anthony Morrison and Tim Troxell have also been signed as well.
Tickets for the WCA’s May 8 event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City are expected to go on-sale later this week.