George Roop Talks About Getting Into Trouble and Stealing a Car in His Youth
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.03.2014
I was young and dumb.
MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed UFC bantamweight fighter George Roop, and Roop discussed some of the rough times he experienced growing up. Below are some highlights. Roop set to fight Rob Font at UFC 175 on Saturday, July 5.
Roop on being happy with what he's done in the sport: "If I weren't even to make it to the (title), I'd be able to walk away from this sport completely happy with what I've done."
Roop on his rough life: "I didn't have a lot of guidance when I was young. I come from a broken home. I was kind of acting out. I've learned through life lessons, and that's how I matured. Me and my friends were in a stolen vehicle, and the cops, they were chasing us," he said. "I can run, so it took them a while to catch me with their whole perimeter set up. And they eventually caught me, and one of the police officers was really pissed off and he had me in a pressure point (hold), bending me over the car. I wrestled at, like, 112 pounds, so I was a little kid, and I was just begging him, Ah, you're breaking my thumb, you're breaking my thumb.' Next thing you knew, my foot came back and caught him right in the balls, and he was on the ground. I took off running and slipped (off) the cuffs in front (under my legs). There was a cop car up the road; (I) jumped in it and took off. next thing you know, I was getting (dragged) out of the car and beat down by cops."
Roop on how he learned from those events: "I didn't have anything planned out. I was young and dumb. With that being said, I don't regret anything I've done. I'm a well-rounded man, and I learned from those experiences, and now I'm a father and a husband."