It appears former featherweight contender Josh Grispi will look to get back on the winning track in early summer as part of the line-up set for action at the Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale. Grispi, who was set for a showdown with 145-pound champion Jose Aldo at UFC 125, ultimately fell in one-sided fashion to Dustin Poirier on the card after an injury forced the Brazilian phenom to withdraw from the event.
According to a report by the Boston Herald, and since confirmed by a number of other media outlets, an agreement is in place for Grispi to fight George Roop on June 4 at the standard, season-ending Ultimate Fighter event.
Roop is coming off a TKO loss to Mark Hominick last month at Fight Night 23 who coincidentally earned the title-shot Grispi lost with the performance. He is 11-7-1 in his career with a notable draw against Leonard Garcia at WEC 47 and a highly-memorable kick-based knockout of Chan Sung Jung six months later at WEC 51.
The 22-year old Grispi holds a record of 14-2 and has finished thirteen of the opponents he’s beaten. Prior to his loss at UFC 125 he had been riding a ten-fight win streak including victories over Hominick, Jens Pulver, and L.C. Davis.
The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale is scheduled to take place at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas and, in addition to Grispi vs. Roop, is set to feature a clash between top lightweight contenders Clay Guida and Anthony Pettis as well as the crowning of TUF 13’s champion.
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