"It’s the nature of the sport right now, and where I’m training. I don’t think of my opponents as enemies, like I hate the guy. He’s my opponent, he’s my adversary… it’s nothing personal. He obviously favors striking as his strength, but I think he’s a well-rounded striker. He strikes standing, he likes ground and pound, he strikes from his back. He’s definitely a challenge."
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 contestant George Sotiropoulos knows that fighting fellow Extreme Couture disciple George Roop -- who is a last minute replacement for the injured Rob Emerson -- is part of the business and one of the scenarios he expected to eventually take place by moving from Matt Serra's camp in New York to Las Vegas, the fighting capital of the world. The Aussie has been plagued with injuries recently, which have kept him out of action since a dominating technical knockout win over fellow TUF contestant Roman Mitichyan at UFC Fight Night 13. Roop will no doubt be looking to spoil his return when they hook 'em up on the undercard of UFC 101 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on August 8. Who ya' got?