by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
It’s been only 72 hours since Diego Nunes had to withdraw from his WEC 47 bout against Leonard Garcia due to injury, but the Zuffa machine keeps rolling.
Garcia confirmed to MMAWeekly.com an earlier MMAJunkie.com report citing sources that said George Roop has been tapped to step into the cage with him on March 6 in Columbus, Ohio.
“It’s a great fight for me,” Garcia told MMAWeekly.com. “I like the match-up a lot and really appreciate George taking the fight on such short notice.”
Looking to get back on track, Garcia (13-5) lost to Manny Gamburyan at WEC 44 in November. He has gone 3-2 since dropping from 155 pounds in the UFC down to 145 pounds in the WEC.
Roop (10-6) is making a quick turn, coming off a loss to Eddie Wineland at WEC 46 in January. It will mark Roop’s third bout at 145 pounds.
Brian Bowles will attempt to defend his WEC bantamweight title from Dominick Cruz in the main event at Nationwide Arena.