When José Aldo (21-1) throws punches, they don’t feel like a 145 pound fighter is behind them according to fellow featherweight Mark Hominick (20-12). For Hominick, the shots felt like they were coming from a 265 pound fighter when the two met at UFC 129.
“It was like he had two fists in one,” said Hominick to Cage Potato. “When he hit with his right hand, he hit like a heavyweight.”
Aldo defeated Hominick and in the process retained his featherweight championship for the third time. That number has since increased to five title defenses.
“And his explosiveness, that was the biggest difference, I noticed,” said Homminick. “I’m normally good with distance and being able to fade from a shot, but he can close the distance with not just speed, but with power.”
After the loss to Aldo, Hominick dropped an additional three fights in a row. He retired in 2012 from competition after that four fight skid citing that it was time to move on in his career. Details about his future outside of active competition were not revealed.
Next month at UFC 156, Aldo headlines the PPV when a lighter Frankie Edgar (14-3-1) looks to take his title. That meeting takes place February 2 out of the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. Their original encounter was scheduled for UFC 153 before Aldo was injured in a motorcycle accident.