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Hatsu Hioki To Debut At UFC 137 Against George Roop

The UFC announced that former Shooto Lightweight Champion and former Sengoku Featherweight Champion Hatsu Hioki will debut at UFC 137 on October 29th. Hioki will face veteran George Roop (12-7-1) at the event.

Hioki’s signing was announced by the promotion last month. The 24-4-2 featherweight is coming off of a triangle choke submission win over Donald Sanchez at Shooto Tradition 2011 in April.

Roop was a cast member on Season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter. He is coming off of a TKO victory over Josh Grispi at The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale last month.

While not officially announced by the organization, UFC 137 is expected to take place on October 29, 2011, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. A welterweight championship bout between current kingpin Georges St-Pierre and challenger Nick Diaz will headline the card.