Last Saturday, at Pure Fighting Championships, Roufusport middleweight Jordan Newman was accused of spitting on his opponent, Josh Moody of Pura Vida BJJ & MMA, after knocking Moody out with a spinning back fist (click here to read article about incident).
Pure FC promoter, Jake Klipp accused Newman of spitting on his fighter after what appeared to be a large amount of saliva flying out of his mouth. In an apology written on Facebook a day after the fight, Newman denied the allegations made by the promoter and opposing coach.
Below is the statement and apology from Roufusport MMA and Jordan Newman.
Roufusport Statement and Newman Apology
Friday, August 3, 2018 (Milwaukee, WI USA) The following is an apology from Roufusport MMA Fight Team member Jordan Newman for an incident that took place following his successful amateur MMA debut bout against Josh Moody on Pure FC 9, Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Jordan Newman Apology
“First, I wish to extend thanks to all of my coaches, trainers, teammates, promoters, family, and friends who helped me achieve my goal of participating in my first MMA sanctioned fight last Saturday night in Milwaukee. It was a dream fulfilled that would not have been possible without them.
Second, given my experiences as a collegiate wrestler, I did not fully comprehend or expect the level of pre-match taunting and hype, both directly and through social media, that preceded my match with Josh Moody. I simply was not prepared for that, and I let it get the better of me. As a result, I did not respond or act appropriately following my victory.
I apologize to Josh, to his coaches, Pure FC and staff, to the fight referee, to the ringside doctor, to the governing bodies of the sport and staff, to the media covering the event, to my Roufusport coaches, teammates and staff, to my family and friends, and, most importantly, to the many devoted fans of MMA who demand, and fairly deserve, so much better in my conduct than was shown last Saturday. Without all of you, I would not have had this opportunity.
I can do better, and I commit to all that I will do better. I fully appreciate the privilege of being an MMA fighter associated with Roufusport.”
Jordan Newman Suspended 60 Days by WI Commission, Roufusport Imposes Additional 30 Day Suspension
For his actions, Jordan has been suspended by the State of Wisconsin for 60 days from combat sports competition nationwide. Roufusport supports this suspension and has imposed an additional 30-day suspension keeping Jordan out of competition for 90 days total.
Roufusport does not condone Jordan Newman’s behavior following his match in any way, and also offers a sincere apology to all involved. Jordan Newman’s actions were not indicative of how Roufusport athletes act or carry themselves inside or outside the competitive arena. Roufusport stresses the importance of sportsmanship and the understanding of the true meaning of being a “professional” at all times.
About Roufusport MMA Academy
Roufusport MMA Academy is run by legendary MMA trainer Duke Roufus along with his business partners Scott Joffe and former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis. It is a world class brand that includes a state-of-the-art training facility in Milwaukee, WI, USA, home of the academy’s acclaimed fight team including UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley. Roufus is one of the most recognizable striking and MMA coaches in the world and is considered to be one of the top trainers of Muay Thai Kickboxing outside of Thailand.
The Rofusport brand is one of the most well known in the combat sports industry and encompasses the online training curriculum offered by the Roufusport Kickboxing Association (RKA) and Duke Roufus Striking University (DRSU).
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).