Roop is an entertaining fighter but can’t seem to string together consistent success and has a questionable jaw in terms of durability. He’s finished the likes of Chan Sung Jung and Brian Bowles, so there’s no reason to send Roop into free agency, but 2014 will serve as a crucial year in the 31-year old’s career based on his knockout to Rivera. If Brad Pickett says at 135 instead of dropping to flyweight as teased, he would be an excellent option as a veteran with similar divisional status and name value who is also in need of a win. Additionally, each man employs an exciting style in the cage and would no doubt entertain fans if paired together.
With no Draws on display, UFC Fight Night 31 produced two clearly defined groups of fighters based on success in the Octagon or lack thereof. The show featured eight finishes including five of the first-frame variety in addition to some well-scored decisions. While the event wasn’t necessarily the end of the road for every individual who came up short, few jobs are guaranteed when it comes to defeat on the sport’s biggest stage. Here’s a look at what might be next for some of the card’s less-fortunate folks… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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