Cub Swanson will take on the always-dangerous George Roop in the talent-packed featherweight division.
Although both men have looked impressive at times, neither has been able to string together consecutive wins since 2008. Roop, who competed on the eight season of The Ultimate Fighter, has competed as high as 155 lbs, and all the way down to 135 lbs, but seems to have found his niche at 145 lbs. Looking dangerous in knockout wins over Chan Sung Jung and Josh Grispi, Roop also seems to falter against opponents who are highly skilled in certain areas, getting oustruck by Mark Hominick and outgrappled by George Sotiropoulos. Nonetheless, Roop is looking to build off a close split decision loss to the highly-touted Hatsu Hioki at UFC 137.
Swanson has faced some of the toughest competition available at featherweight, with previous fights against UFC champ, Jose Aldo, and current #1 contender, Chad Mendes. Returning from a year-long layoff after a neck injury when he fought Ricardo Lamas at the first UFC on FOX event last month, Swanson got caught in an arm-triangle choke from Lamas and was forced to tap after an entertaining back-and-forth grappling battle.
George Roop (12-8)
L Hatsu Hioki (split decision) - UFC 137
W Josh Grispi (KO) - TUF 13 Finale
L Mark Hominick (TKO) - UFC Fight for the Troops 2
Cub Swanson (15-5)
L Ricardo Lamas (submission) - UFC on Fox 1
W Mackens Semerzier (split decision) - WEC 52
L Chad Mendes (unam. decision) - WEC 50