Mark Hominick has both the biggest opportunity and the toughest test of his career in front of him this weekend, as he will be challenging top pound-for-pound fighter José Aldo for his UFC featherweight title.
Aldo has only held the belt over three fights, but he looked unstoppable on his path to the championship and there are very few people who are giving Hominick a chance in their fight. During a recent appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s Beatdown show, “The Machine” explained why he believes he can win the belt despite Aldo’s greatness.
“He’s definitely fought the best of the best, and he’s taken them out, but I don’t think there’s anybody in the division with my kind of striking skills,” said Hominick “I think I present a lot of problems.”
Hominick — who will enjoy the hometown advantage and who has already appeared in the UFC three times — is lauded for his crisp and precise striking skills and he believes that it is his specific brand of stand up that will carry him to victory over Aldo.
“It’s very technical,” he said. “You see a lot of guys in MMA, they’re somewhat wild in their technique. I feel I”m really technical. I put a lot of pressure. And my hand speed. I think those are three things that can present problems to anybody.”
Though he realizes that his best chance to win lies in the striking department and believes that Aldo will oblige him to a stand up fight, Hominick explained that he isn’t foolish enough to not be fully prepared in all aspects of mixed martial arts.
“I think he likes to fight fire with fire,” Hominick said. “He likes to prove that he’s better anywhere. … He’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, a world champion in jiu-jitsu. If we’re going in there treating it like it’s a kickboxing bout, we’re in the wrong sport. I’m ready everywhere, wherever the fight goes.”
Hominick and Aldo will meet in the co-main event of UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields this Saturday night at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.