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George Roop’s Cardio, Strength On Point At Bantamweight

With a win over Brian Bowles, bantamweight George Roop believes he’s in the Top 10 and is glad with his return to 135 pounds.

“I definitely want to remain active,” said Roop to MMA Fighting. “More fights this year would be great. I got the weight cut down and proved it’s not affecting my cardio or strength.”

Roop has been bouncing around bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight the last few years. He has mounted some offense since returning to bantamweight in March with a decision win against Reuben Duran.

Bowles is a former WEC bantamweight champion and was ranked No. 8 in the division by the UFC. It was Bowles’ return following an 18 month layoff. He’s lost a pair in a row by stoppage.

They took part on the Facebook portion of UFC 160. The show was headlined with Cain Velasquez defending his heavyweight title over Antonio “Big Foot” Silva in quick fashion.