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Old 07-09-2011, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hatsu Hioki meets George Roop @ UFC 137

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Former Sengoku World Victory Road champion Hatsu Hioki (24-4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his U.S. debut on Oct. 29.

UFC officials today announced that the Japanese superstar will face scrappy veteran George Roop (12-7-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at UFC 137.

Featuring a pay-per-view headliner between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

The 27-year-old Hioki holds an incredible 12-1-1 record in his past 14 outings, with the lone loss coming in controversial split-decision fashion to current UFC fighter Michihiro Omigawa in a Novemebr 2009 Sengoku bout.

Fighting almost exclusively in Japan during his near-nine-year career, Hioki has earned 16 of his 24 career wins via stoppage, including 12 via submission. Hioki has fought three times in Canada, a run that includes a pair of victories over recent UFC 145-pound title-challenger Mark Hominick.

Hioki also owns career victories over notables Jeff Curran, Ronnie Mann, Marlon Sandro and Rumina Sato, among others.

A former cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter 8," Roop has enjoyed mixed results in stints in the UFC and WEC that have seen the 6-foot-1 fighter compete at lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight. Highlights include a WEC 51 "Knockout of the Night" win over Chan Sung Jung and a thrilling split draw with Leonard Garcia at WEC 47.
Probably a tougher fight than it looks. I still think Hioki takes this rather easily.
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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y is george roop the defacto litmus test for that division
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I don't know what to think about Roop: gets destroyed by Hominick and puts in a great fight against Grispi.

Hioki should be able to do what Grispi couldn't: take his down and make it a grappling fight and possibly get the sub victory.
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I don't know what to think about Roop: gets destroyed by Hominick and puts in a great fight against Grispi.

Hioki should be able to do what Grispi couldn't: take his down and make it a grappling fight and possibly get the sub victory.
Roop has been quite inconsistent - KTFOs KZ, then gets stopped by Hominick and then stops Grispi ... however hopefully he's on the rise now and doesn't follow this pattern.

Hioki's a beast, however seeing as it's his first fight in the US and judging by the success of other Japanese fighters in the US debut - I'm gonna say Roop puts on a dominant striking display, avoids the TD and pulls out the UD.
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I don't know what to think about Roop: gets destroyed by Hominick and puts in a great fight against Grispi.

Hioki should be able to do what Grispi couldn't: take his down and make it a grappling fight and possibly get the sub victory.
Roop is a solid fighter everywhere. You can't stand with Hominick if you only have solid striking with good length though you will get dismantled. Hioki can win if he gets this to the ground quickly Roop will beat that ass standing though. BJJ is generally Roops weakness but we haven't really seen that tested since Soti and I am sure he has improved in that area. If he is good enough to survive on the ground with Hioki now he might win this fight.
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Roop is a solid fighter everywhere. You can't stand with Hominick if you only have solid striking with good length though you will get dismantled. Hioki can win if he gets this to the ground quickly Roop will beat that ass standing though. BJJ is generally Roops weakness but we haven't really seen that tested since Soti and I am sure he has improved in that area. If he is good enough to survive on the ground with Hioki now he might win this fight.
That's what i also think.

Roop could try and make this a Muay Thai fight, by avoiding Hioki's TD attempts and keeping the fight on the feet, where he has the advantage imo.

On the ground though, we haven't seen hism tested recently tbh.

But i rate Hiokl way above Grispi in terms of grappling and TDs and i give him a much better cahnce of getting the fight where he wants it.
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I think Roop is just being fed to Hioki here for him to get a couple 'names' at FW in the UFC before giving him a title shot.

Florian, Mendes, Hioki. The next 3 challengers to Aldos title.
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Roop could pull off the upset here.Not saying he will, but he seems like he is getting better with experience.We are finding out that Grispi is overrated now, so the beating Roop put on him is seeming less and less impressive.
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