Pound-for-pound great and UFC featherweight champion José Aldo will attempt to defend his belt later this month against Canadian striking technician Mark Hominick. The two will meet at UFC 129, which takes place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada — where Hominick will almost certainly have the crowd’s support.
That doesn’t matter to Aldo, who says he tunes out all peripheral noise anyway during a fight to focus on the task at hand, be it in a packed arena or the neighborhood sandlot.
“I don’t care where I’m fighting. If I’m fighting in someone’s backyard or not. At the end of the day, when they close the Octagon door, it’s he and I in there,” says Aldo. “I don’t hear the 55,000 people screaming. I’ve said it before, I don’t know what the hell they’re saying anyway, so it doesn’t bother me. The most important thing to me is to stay focused, the only thing I’m listening to is my corners. As long as I go in there well organized and focused I’ll be able to stay on top and defend my title.”
Aldo has defended his title twice so far, both times in impressive fashion and he plans on doing the same this time out by beating down Mark Hominick.
“I will definitely beat Mark Hominick,” he predicted. “If I didn’t think I could then I wouldn’t be here now. It’s what I’m focused on, going in there, defending my title and winning.”
UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields goes down April 30 and will mark the UFC’s first trip into Toronto.