Since returning to the Bantamweight division in March 2013, George Roop is 3-1. In the history of the UFC, only 3 fighters have won fights in 3 different weight classes. Roop is on that podium alongside Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez. This Saturday he returns to the Octagon less than 2 months removed from his win over UFC prospect and BJJ specialist Dustin Kimura. Roop used his massive reach advantage to out-strike Kimura 53 to 7 to earn a dominant decision victory. Look for more of the same from him at UFC 175 as he faces another fighter, in Rob Font, who’s willing to stand and trade. Roop’s reach will be his key to success in the stand up battle once again as he’s 6’1’while Font comes in at a height of 5’8”.
When deciding to stand and bang with an opponent, it takes a special kind of confidence. Roop’s confidence comes from his experience. Facing tough competition isn’t anything new for the Tucson, Arizona fighter, as he’s already squared-off with the likes of Cub Swanson, Chan Sung Jung, Eddie Wineland, and Brian Bowles. That list doesn’t make Saturday’s opponent any easier for Roop. Rob Font is riding high on a 9-fight winning streak and is looking to beat a UFC-vet in his promotional debut. In that winning streak he’s won 3 by KO/TKO, 2 by Submission, and 4 by Decision.
Whoever comes out on top Saturday, will need to put in a complete mixed martial arts performance as this fight is likely go everywhere. Catch this fight as the UFC 175 prelims kick off on Fox Sports 1 at 8PM EST/ 5PM PST! Don’t tune in a minute late, because the fight could already be over!