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12/24/11 1:44 PM
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Roop is confident he’ll win, but he also respects Swanson’s game.

“I think Cub Swanson’s actually a real tough guy,” he said. “He’s fought Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes both. … Chad Mendes wasn’t able to finish him, and he’s an outstanding fighter in the featherweight division. Cub Swanson’s going to be a very good test for me. He’s very explosive and he’s very well rounded.”

Roop has studied plenty of film on Swanson. He didn’t learn much from the Aldo fight (it was over too quick) or from the Mendes bout (Roop said Mendes is “as exciting as watching paint dry”), but he did pick up a few things from Swanson’s other performances.

“I’m really putting a good game plan together to really take it to him and take him out,” Roop said. “I want to make a statement. I want to show people that I am a top-10 fighter and that I am making a run for the title.”

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