George Roop Gets New UFC Deal

By Matt Erikson

Despite a TKO loss in his UFC debut last month, featherweight George Roop has signed a new five-fight deal with the promotion.

Sources close to Roop’s camp told MMA Fighting the news and confirmed the Tucson, Ariz.-based fighter had also signed the deal for his next fight against Josh Grispi at the Season 13 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” in June.

Roop lost to Mark Hominick, his former training partner and teammate under Shawn Tompkins, at the UFC’s Fight for the Troops show at Fort Hood, Texas, last month. Hominick knocked Roop down several times in the first round, and ultimately earned the TKO win just 1:28 into the fight.

And though his stint in the WEC in 2010 saw him go 1-1-1, giving him just one win in his last four fights, the Zuffa brass gave him another fight and a new contract.

Roop is in his second stint with the UFC. In 2008, he was a cast member of Season 8 of “The Ultimate Fighter” as a lightweight. Following that season, he went 1-2 in the company with a split decision loss to Shane Nelson, a split decision win over Dave Kaplan and a submission loss to George Sotiropoulos.

Following the loss to Sotiropoulos, he was cut loose. He dropped to featherweight for a win in his home city of Tucson at a Rage in the Cage event before signing with the WEC – where he dropped to bantamweight to fight former champion Eddie Wineland. But Wineland dominated Roop in the standup game, sweeping a 30-27 unanimous decision.


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