|Association||Xtreme Couture / Team Tompkins|
|Weight Class||Lightweight (155 lbs.) / Featherweight (145 lbs.) / Bantamweight (135 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 1" (185 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Birth Date||November 10, 1981|
|Fighting Out Of||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|George Roop Pictures||Roop's Official Site|
George Roop is a American mixed martial artist who competes as a Lightweight. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir, winning his preliminary and first round fights.
|Record||13 - 9 - 1 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Reuben Duran||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz||3/16/2013||3||5:00|
|Loss||Cub Swanson||TKO (Punches)||UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis||1/28/2012||2||2:22|
|Loss||Hatsu Hioki||Decision (Split)||UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz||10/29/2011||3||5:00|
|Win||Josh Grispi||KO (Punch to the Body)||UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale||6/04/2011||3||3:14|
|Loss||Mark Hominick||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2||1/22/2011||1||1:28|
|Win||Chan Sung Jung||KO (Head Kick)||WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan||9/30/2010||2||1:30||Featherweight bout; Won Knockout of the Night Honors|
|Draw||Leonard Garcia||Draw||WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz||3/06/2010||3||5:00||Featherweight bout; replaced an injured Diego Nunes; Won Fight of the Night Honors; The judges scored the bout 29-27 (Garcia) 29-27 (Roop) and 28-28. A point deduction was given to Roop for a shot to the groin of Garcia|
|Loss||Eddie Wineland||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson||1/10/2010||3||5:00||Bantamweight bout|
|Win||Matt Dell||Decision (Unanimous)||RITC 37: Rage in the Cage 37||11/14/2009||3||5:00||Featherweight debut; Won RITC Featherweight Championship|
|Loss||George Sotiropoulos||Submission (Kimura)||UFC 101: Declaration||8/08/2009||2||1:59||Roop replaced an injured Rob Emerson; Released from UFC contract afterwards|
|Win||Dave Kaplan||Decision (Split)||UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida||5/23/2009||3||5:00|
|Loss||Shane Nelson||Decision (Split)||The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale||12/13/2008||3||5:00||UFC debut|
|Win||Nick Buschman||TKO||WFC: Armageddon||4/12/2008||1||0:24|
|Win||Tito Jones||Decision (Unanimous)||RITC 101: Rage in the Cage 101||10/06/2007||3||3:00|
|Win||Andrew Belvado||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||CS: Cage Supremacy 2||7/22/2007||1||1:01|
|Loss||Austin Pascucci||Submission (Armbar)||RITC 96: Rage in the Cage 96||6/15/2007||1||2:08|
|Loss||Ray Robinson||Submission (Armbar)||RITC 93: Rage in the Cage 93||4/20/2007||1||2:29|
|Win||Matt Dell||Decision (Split)||RITC 91: Rage in the Cage 91||2/24/2007||3||3:00|
|Win||Carlos Ortega||Decision (Unanimous)||RITC 88: Veteran's Day Rumble||11/11/2006||3||3:00|
|Win||Louie Rosa||Submission (Strikes)||RITC 86: Rage in the Cage 86||8/15/2006||2||2:15|
|Loss||Nick Hedrick||Submission (Choke)||RITC 85: Xtreme Cage Fighting||8/05/2006||1||1:42|
|Win||Jason Sterling||Submission (Choke)||RITC 84: Celebrity Theatre||7/01/2006||1||0:37|
|Win||Austin Pascucci||Submission (Armbar)||RITC 82: More Rage||5/26/2006||2||2:42|
George Roop attended Canyon Del Oro High School and was a quarterback on his football team and wrestled in the 112 lbs. division. Roop graduated in 2000. He then went to college at Pima Community College where he became friends with his current "The Ultimate Fighter" castmate Efrain Escudero and former UFC fighter, Drew Fickett.
Roop developed his mixed martial arts skills at Ultima Martial Arts and Primero Jiu-Jitsu in Tucson, Arizona and has competed professionally in the mixed martial arts promotion Rage in the Cage as a Lightweight and Bantamweight.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
The Ultimate Fighter
George Roop defeated Rolando Delgado by decision in the preliminary round. This meant that he earned a shot in the TUF house. Roop was selected last overall in the team selections, by Team Mir. George's fight with John Polakowski was the last Lightweight, first round fight. Right before the fight Roop injured is hand, during the his team's practice. Roop toughed it out and said that this was a life time opportunity. Roop won the fight by decision after two rounds. Frank Mir said it was the fight of the show.
In the semi-finals, Roop fought Phillipe Nover and lost in the first round by submission.
George Roop lost his UFC debut against former The Ultimate Fighter 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir cast mate Shane Nelson. Roop was then scheduled to face another former cast mate, Dave Kaplan, at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida, where he defeated Kaplan via split decision, winning his first fight in the UFC.
Roop next stepped in to fight for an injured Rob Emerson at UFC 101: Declaration on August 8, 2009 to fight George Sotiropoulos. The fight was Sotiropoulos' Lightweight debut, and he went on to defeat Roop with a Kimura. After the loss Roop was released from the UFC.
Roop returned to action on November 14, 2009 at a Rage in the Cage event. He faced Matt Dell, whom he had previously beat, for the promotions Featherweight Championship, earning the title by Decision (Unanimous).
In November of 2009, it was announced that Roop had signed with Zuffa owned World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), and would be making his debut with the promotion against Jesse Moreng. Usually competing as a Lightweight (though after leaving the UFC he earned a Featherweight title), Roop would be competing in the Bantamweight division in the WEC.
Roop's Bantamweight debut took place at WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson on January 10, 2010 against the WEC's first Bantamweight Champion, Eddie Wineland. Though Roop had a significant reach advantage, it was Wineland who out-boxed him, handing Roop a loss by Decision (Unanimous).
When Diego Nunes was forced out of his WEC 47: Bowles vs. Cruz bout with Leonard Garcia, Roop jumped at the opportunity and replaced the injured fighter. It should also be noted that the bout was a Featherweight fight. Garcia and Roop battled back and forth for three action packed rounds. In the third frame, Roop landed a kick that scored low, and referee Kevin Mulhall halted the action to deduct a point, much to the crowd's dismay. With the action tight for the remainder of the third, the judges were forced into the unenviable task of declaring a winner. Unfortunately the judges were unable to come to a decisive conclusion. Doug Crosby had it 29-27 Roop, Cardo Urso had it 29-27 for Garcia, and Harry Hiles had it 28-28, resulting in a split draw. The fight won Fight of the Night Honors, and Roop would have won the fight had he not been deducted the point for the low blow.
Roop returned at WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan, where he faced South Korean Chan Sung Jung, who actually lost to Leonard Garcia in his last fight, the same man that Roop previously came to a Draw with. Roop used a stick-and-move game plan, high kicks set up by jabs, and constant movement to frustrate his flat-footed opponent. Roops gameplan finally paid off in the second, when Roop connected on a left shin to his opponent's chin. Knocked out cold on his feet, Jung's legs buckled, his knee crashed into and cut open his forehead, and he fell to his back with his limbs outstretched. The shocking and highlight-reel knockout came just 90 seconds into the round. The Knockout easily won the Knockout of the Night Honors.
- "I'm a long fighter, and I knew he was going to come in real aggressive," said Roop. "I just thought my precision striking was going to win the fight."
Roop considers Georges St. Pierre one of the fighters he admires most. Roop has fraternal twins: a girl named Nya and a son named Tristan.
Ranks and Titles
- RITC Bantamweight, Featherweight, and Lightweight Champion