George Roop Gets New UFC Deal

George RoopDespite 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.

Roop got back to work less than two months later in his return to featherweight – where the 6-foot-1 fighter says he is the most comfortable – and had a Fight of the Night bout against Leonard Garcia that resulted in a split draw. He picked up another bonus check at WEC 51 last September when he knocked out "The Korean Zombie," Chan Sung Jung, with a head kick.

In October 2009, Roop's 7-year-old son Julian died. His win a month later got him into the WEC. And after moving back to Tucson from Las Vegas, where he was training with Tompkins, Roop told MMA Fighting last month he believes the move home was best for him and his fiancee, who recently gave birth to a son, Payden, to go along with Roop's fraternal twins.

"I'm back in Tucson, so I'm loving that," Roop said. "I've got all my friends here, all my old training partners, a lot of my old coaches – and my No. 1 old training partner, (Bellator bantamweight) Ed West."

Roop's fight against Grispi takes place at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas on June 4 as part of the TUF 13 finale card, which will be headlined by a lightweight contenders fight between Clay Guida and final WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

More from MMA Fighting

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Join MMA Fighting

You must be a member of MMA Fighting to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMA Fighting. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker