George Roop vs. Francisco Rivera set for UFC 166

A bantamweight bout has been added to UFC 166 in Houston on October 19th as George Roop will face Francisco Rivera.UFC 166

The bout was recently added to the UFC 166 fight card and the bout will take place on the preliminary card.

UFC 166 takes place on October 19th from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Cain Velasquez defending the UFC heavyweight title in his trilogy bout with former champion Junior dos Santos.

Roop (14-9-1) has won back to back fights since returning to the bantamweight division. His most recent victory came at UFC 160 when he defeated Brian Bowles by TKO in the second round. It was his fourth career win by TKO/KO and three of his last four wins have come by TKO/KO.

Rivera (9-2, 1NC) originally entered the UFC in 2011 but was released from the promotion after losing his debut. After winning back to back fights outside of the UFC, he returned and has gone 2-0, 1NC. He most recently defeated Edwin Figueroa by TKO and it was his sixth career win by TKO/KO.

The current UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos III card is below:

Cain Velasquez (12-1) vs. Junior dos Santos (16-2)
Daniel Cormier (12-0) vs. Roy Nelson (19-8)
Luke Rockhold (10-2) vs. Tim Boetsch (16-6)
Hector Lombard (32-4-1, 1NC) vs. Nate Marquardt (32-12-2)
Gilbert Melendez (21-3) vs. Diego Sanchez (24-5)
Shawn Jordan (15-4) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (15-7)
K.J. Noons (11-7) vs. George Sotiropoulos (14-5)
Tony Ferguson (13-3) vs. Mike Rio (9-2)
TJ Waldburger (16-7) vs. Adlan Amagov (12-2-1)
George Roop (14-9-1) vs. Francisco Rivera (9-2, 1NC)