MMAJunkie.com is reporting that soon-to-be UFC featherweight fighters Mark Hominick and George Roop are currently in talks to compete with one another on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2 event. MMAJunkie’s sources indicated that the bout is a go provided Hominick recovers from the hand injury that kept him out of a possible title fight against featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 125.
Already holding a UFC record of 2-0, Hominick will be returning to familiar waters should he take on Roop under the UFC banner. Hominick is currently on a four-fight winning streak with his most recent win coming in a much-closer-than-the-verdict-indicates bout with reckless slugger Leonard Garcia. The Canadian Team Tompkins member holds an overall record of 19-8 and has earned notable wins over Yves Edwards, Jorge Gurgel, Bryan Caraway, Yves Jabouin and Leonard Garcia.
Also a member of Team Tompkins, George Roop is currently looking to have found his stride after trying his luck in several different weight classes. Like Hominick, Roop also competed in the UFC as a lightweight but amassed a promotional record of 1-2, prompting his release. Once let go from the UFC, Roop shed to featherweight and again to bantamweight before settling in on 145-pounds. The 6’1″ fighter recently rebounded from a split draw Leonard Garcia by scoring a devastating head kick knockout of “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung at WEC 51.
UFC Fight Night 23 has not been officially announced but is expected to take place on January 22nd at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.