UFC featherweight champ José Aldo will be making the first defense of his newly-named belt next weekend on the main card of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields against Canadian fighter Mark “The Machine” Hominick.
Aldo inherited the UFC title as a result of the UFC’s absorption of the WEC, where Aldo had won and defended the belt twice. Now he has the chance to legitimize his UFC title by making his upcoming defense a successful one — which is something he has every intention on doing in order to make good on a childhood dream.
“Being UFC champion and defending the UFC belt is a real dream come true,” said the 24-year-old Brazilian. “I literally dreamed as a kid of being a UFC champion, I wanted to grow up and be like the great Brazilian fighters I always heard about.”
Hominick arguably boasts the tightest striking acumen of any opponent that Aldo has yet faced and has consistently maintained that he will do everything in his power to take the young dynamo’s belt, but Aldo maintains that he is fully prepared to do what he needs to ensure that never happens.
“Hominick is a great fighter; he is the number one contender. I know this is his dream too — but his dream must come to an end for my dream to go on. And I have come too far, worked too hard and want to take care of my family too much to let anyone take this UFC belt from me.”
UFC 129 takes place next weekend at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and will mark the UFC’s first trip into the province since MMA competition was legalized.