Originally written on cheap-heat  |  Last updated 4/10/12

A featherweight bout between George Roop (12-9-1 MMA, 2-5) and Antonio “Pato” Carvalho (13-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is in the works for UFC 149.

A source close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) verbal agreements are in place for the fight. “Showdown” Joe Ferraro initially reported the matchup.

UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo headlines against an opponent to be announced.

UFC 149′s main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. Roop vs. Carvalho likely will be part of the prelims.

Roop, who’s in his second UFC stint after a detour through the WEC, has become one of MMA’s favorite underdogs. But since an upset knockout of ex-top contender Josh Grispi, Roop – a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 8″ who’s competed as heavy as lightweight and as light as bantamweight – has suffered a close split-decision defeat to Hatsu Hioki and a vicious TKO loss to Cub Swanson.

He looks to get back on track against Canadian fighter Carvalho, who signed with the UFC in 2011 following three straight victories, including a decision win over ex-UFC competitor Douglas Evans. However, in his promotional debut, the well-rounded fighter suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Felipe Arantes at UFC 142 back in January.

The latest UFC 149 card now includes:

  • Champ Jose Aldo vs. TBA (for featherweight title)
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
  • Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
  • Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Thiago Alves*
  • Antonio Carvalho vs. George Roop*
  • Court McGee vs. Nick Ring*

* – Not officially announced

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