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Completed MMA Bout

Hatsu Hioki vs. George Roop

Main Card | Featherweight · 145 lbs | MMA

Hatsu Hioki defeats George Roop via 3 Round Decision

Hatsu Hioki
George Roop

Hioki
Decision
Round 3

24-4-2   Pro Record At Fight   12-7-1
Climbed to 25-4   Record After Fight   Fell to 12-8
-340 (Moderate Favorite)   Betting Odds   +280 (Moderate Underdog)
Japan   Nationality   United States
Nagoya, Japan   Fighting out of   Tucson, Arizona
28 years, 3 months, 1 week, 4 days   Age at Fight   29 years, 11 months, 2 weeks, 5 days
145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs)
5'11" (180cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
70.0" (178cm)   Reach   72.0" (183cm)
ALIVE   Gym   Apex MMA
UFC 137
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz
  • Date: Saturday 10.29.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
  • Referee: Josh Rosenthal
  • Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 7 of 11)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 145 lbs (65.8 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Hioki Total Disclosed Pay: $30,000
  • Roop Total Disclosed Pay: $8,000
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Hioki vs. Roop Wiki Update Wiki

George Roop took on Hatsu Hioki in the opening pay per view televised fight of UFC 137.


Hioki opened with a grazing high kick and then Roop fired one in exchange. Roop landed a big right hand and then a low kick. Roop looked confident with his striking until landing a kick to the groin that resulted in a brief pause. Hioki came forward with his chin sticking straight up, but was still able to land a good punch and then clinch up. Hioki worked in the clinch looking for a takedown, finally slamming Roop down into side control. An interesting scramble saw Hioki lose position and the round ended with the fighters back to standing.


Roop landed a nice combination to start the second round, followed up by a body shot. Roop was effective standing but Hioki clinched up and executed a great trip takedown. Hioki passed to side mount, threatened with a keylock, and then passed to full mount. Roop escaped to his feet with a few seconds left in the round and taunted Hioki as he came forward attacking.


The third round started with Roop landing a takedown of his own, but was unable to hold Hioki there. Roop sprawled out of a takedown attempt, Hioki clinched against the fence, and Roop held his ground in avoiding being dragged to the ground. A cut opened up on the face of Roop, but that didn't deter him from landing a takedown and putting Hioki on his back against the fence. Roop closed out the fight strongly, controlling Hioki and avoiding Hioki's submissions attempts.


The judges scored the bout 29-28 Hioki, 29-28 Roop, and 29-28 Hioki, the winner by split decision. Speaking to Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, Hioki commented, "He was stronger than I expected... I want to say something to the world, even though Japanese MMA is in a tough position, we are not dead."

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:38 PM ET
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Hioki vs. Roop Fight Predictions

Tapology Community Predictions: 1117  
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KO/TKO
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Roop
23%
Hioki
77%

Hioki vs. Roop Fighter Tweets

If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.

Thanks again to my great sponsors. @MicroTechBUZZ @SPRAWLshorts @JITZUSA @Replayd @AmmoToGo @revgear @RealWaterNow
4 days and 9 minutes
after
“@GNCLiveWell: Gamma Labs and GNC want to see how you push your limits. Watch the video and enter their contest! http://t.co/vyDXXBRV”
4 days and 8 minutes
after
RT @Sethdedun @GeorgeRoop Help a fan grow my gourmet coffee biz with an RT, I sell Mocha/Hot Choc/Latte/Tea/Jamaica Blue Mountain
1 day, 9 hours, and 39 minutes
after
Sounds like @JITZUSA wants to do a shirt give away. Follow them for more details to come #contest
1 day, 5 hours, and 58 minutes
after
Thanks @AmmoToGo @revgear @RealWaterNow @Replayd @MicroTechBUZZ @JITZUSA @SPRAWLshorts
20 hours and 45 minutes
after
Ps what's up @DUANEBANGCOM ha ha.
8 hours and 34 minutes
after
Thanks to all the fans for your msgs. Love you guys. @ufc
8 hours and 34 minutes
after
Time to dance tonight @ufc and it ain't gonna be the waltz! @JITZUSA
1 hour and 26 minutes
before
Wanna make some money? UFC 137's George Roop says he's worth a gamble http://t.co/daH3OIlf
23 hours and 18 minutes
before
Yep I said it. I don't fight turds. @ufc weigh in today.
1 day and 57 minutes
before
Did I show you guys my @JITZUSA walkout shirt? http://t.co/I8JQkQ6p
1 day, 3 hours, and 46 minutes
before
The back of my shorts. @MicroTechBUZZ @revgear @Replayd @JITZUSA @ko_reps http://t.co/H5oP1rbd
1 day, 23 hours, and 59 minutes
before
@JavierTorresMMA thnx bro
2 days, 1 hour, and 48 minutes
before
Front of my @SPRAWLshorts for this weekend. @AmmoToGo @RealWaterNow @JITZUSA http://t.co/r9pwvEnd
2 days, 21 hours, and 5 minutes
before
Doing an interview with @PunchDrunkGamer shortly.
2 days, 21 hours, and 17 minutes
before
I'll be flying the @MicroTechBUZZ colors in Octagon this fight. Thanks @MicroTechCEO
2 days, 23 hours, and 8 minutes
before
How about some sponsor love for @Replayd . Sell your old phones to them for top $ !
2 days, 23 hours, and 8 minutes
before
Thanks to @AmmoToGo for the continued support. I love the gun range so I need plenty of ammo!
3 days, 2 hours, and 41 minutes
before
well @SMOOTHone155 we gotta represent the WEC.
3 days, 2 hours, and 42 minutes
before
RT @ohodak: Check out @mmawarehouse on FB they are having a #ufc 137 pick em contest - http://t.co/K5bLLM2W
3 days, 2 hours, and 43 minutes
before
Hey @SMOOTHone155 thanks smooth. How is your training going?
3 days, 5 hours, and 3 minutes
before
I'm ready to head kick somebody into another 'zombie' at @ufc this weekend!
3 days, 18 hours, and 35 minutes
before
Congrats to @jamievarner on the big KO tnight. Wearing @JITZUSA @AmmoToGo also!
1 week, 14 hours, and 58 minutes
before
RT @ko_reps: Looking to sell an old iphone or other electronics? contact @Replayd . also an official sponsor of @GeorgeRoop
1 week, 1 day, 23 hours, and 20 minutes
before
I have that one! RT @JITZUSA: and with that said, featured shirt of the night is... http://t.co/3QWWFAx4
1 week, 2 days, 2 hours, and 19 minutes
before
@JimMiller_155 I kinda have a UFC fight next week. Does that count?!
1 week, 2 days, 2 hours, and 21 minutes
before
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