During a conference call this week held in promotion of the upcoming UFC Fight for the Troops 2 event, UFC president Dana White announced that featherweight contender Mark Hominick will get the next shot at featherweight champion Jose Aldo–provided he first get past opponent George Roop later this month.
Hominick will appear on the UFC Fight for the Troops 2 card–which goes down on the 22nd of this month–opposite Roop, an unprecedented 6’2″ featherweight. White told media during the conference call that a victory over Roop will net the Canadian striker a shot at 145-pound phenom Aldo, to come at UFC 129, the UFC’s first trip into Toronto, Canada.
“If Mark Hominick wins this fight, he gets a shot at the title with Aldo. That will be in Toronto,” said White.
Hominick was hovering around a title shot anyway, having racked up four wins in his last four bouts, but his former opponent Josh Grispi was chosen instead as he had defeated Hominick by submission in 2008. Grispi sacrificed his title shot to stay active while Aldo sat out to rehab an injury, losing at UFC 125 to Dustin Poirier.
With Grispi’s loss, Hominick is back on deck for a shot at the belt, but he knows he has his work cut out for him in Roop, and stated through his Twitter account that he will not be looking past his surprisingly tall opponent.
“I know Dana announced the news about Aldo in Toronto. I am focused on next week, and that is where I am leaving the issue,” he posted.
Hominick will have his opportunity to close the gap on a title shot on the 22nd of this month, when he and Roop square off on the main card of UFC Fight for the Troops 2, which will take place outside of Killeen, Texas, at Fort Hood.