George Roop fights on after passing of son

by Mike Chiappetta | source:

George Roop can still remember the time in the hospital. Hours stretching to days, days stretching to weeks. He can remember his infant son's body going limp, Julian dying in his arms; the doctors frantically breathing life back into him.

It was then that those same doctors told him that his child wouldn't live long, that he might not ever make it out of that hospital.

Julian Blaze Roop proved them wrong, made it seven years on this earth, through scores of tests and countless appointments with baffled doctors who couldn't understand how he continued to grow. His heart finally gave out in Oct. 2009, his dad's heart breaking with it.

George Roop, however, still had a job to do. Shortly before his son died, the professional mixed martial artist had talked to officials from the WEC, who'd told him if he won his Rage in the Cage fight in Nov., he'd soon have a job with them. To Roop, also the father of four-year-old twins Tristan and Nya, the decision was simple: like Julian had done all those years, he'd soldier on.

That Roop could continue with training camp was amazing; that he could win his fight with so much on his mind and so much at stake seems downright miraculous.

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Mike Sanders site profile image  

1/10/10 6:24 PM by Mike Sanders

agree 100%

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1/10/10 6:09 PM by knockoutfighter

My prayers go out to him.All I know is that George Roop is going to be a savage in the WEC 135lb division! God luck tonght!!!

CindyO site profile image  

1/8/10 1:38 AM by CindyO

  Mike refers to Julian as an infant in the beginning because that's what he was when they thought he wouldn't leave the hospital. He's not calling him an infant 7 years later. Cindy Good work, Mike.

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1/8/10 1:16 AM by mmajay

Wow thats tough man. I couldnt even imagine.... Prayers to Roop and family......R.I.P.

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1/8/10 1:16 AM by Elias Cepeda


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1/8/10 12:02 AM by RickyDerouen

losing a child is the hardest thing i ever had to deal with.. lost my grand daughter at 2 years old back in 2005.. we should never have to bury our children!!good luck to Roop in his career and in life..ttt

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1/7/10 11:17 PM by chickenscratch

People grieve in different ways.

ShaqNoob site profile image  

1/7/10 10:51 PM by ShaqNoob

FUCK. Sorry for your loss man.

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1/7/10 10:46 PM by ceastridge

I had a chance to train with George at the Ultima when he lived in Tucson, AZ in 2006-2008. I always called George Champ and he is really an awesome guy. He is someone who came from a tough neighborhood and really made something of himself. George was our MMA instructor prior to him making it on the TUF show. I am in the military and George always fit in with us soldiers. I got the opportunity to meet his family once or twice. George my families prayers go out to your family and you are a warrior my brother. I know you will make your son proud and I know you will win. God bless my brother!Good luck from the DM family!SSgt E

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1/7/10 8:40 PM by BrutalMedic

Aw, God, Mr Roop that is terrible.Best of luck, horrible news.