Is anybody else excited for the UFC's first featherweight championship fight?
I, for one, am extremely excited to see Jose Aldo make the inaugural defense of his UFC featherweight title when he meets newly-minted No. 1 contender Mark Hominick, likely at "UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields" on April 30 in Toronto.
Hominick earned his title shot with an impressive first-round TKO victory over George Roop on Saturday at UFC Fight for the Troops 2, hurting the 6-foot-1 Roop several times before finishing him against the cage.
The win is Hominick's fifth in a row.
Now, Hominick gets the toughest test of his career when he meets the undisputed No. 1 featherweight in the world in Aldo, a man riding an 11-fight winning streak, not to mention two dominating defenses of his WEC featherweight title against former champion Urijah Faber and Manny Gamburyan.
Even though Aldo has run through all his competition in the WEC, Hominick will present Aldo with his toughest test to date. In front of what should undoubtedly be a UFC record crowd at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Hominick will stand in front of Aldo and present something to him that he hasn't seen in a while: A proficient, technical striker.
We know Aldo is a tremendous fighter and extremely technical himself, but he has yet to face someone as good standing as Hominick and that should be interesting to watch. While this should be a very interesting technical battle on the feet, it will be interesting to see if either fighter will look to take it to the ground. Aldo has a good ground game, albeit mainly untested, but Hominick is a decent offensive grappler. However, Aldo could potentially exploit Hominick's porous defensive grappling and submit him. Or he could keep it standing and leg kick him into oblivion like he did to Faber.
Aldo likely will enter the fight a heavy favorite, but Hominick should not be counted out. He's never been stopped with punches in his career(although he was knocked out by a slam) and is a very tough fighter who has a lot of skills. Will they be enough to hang with Aldo? Time will tell. Right now, though, I'm looking forward to that one more than the main event of Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields.
This will be the most important training camp of Hominick's career. He and his camp need to do some elite film work on Aldo and look to exploit every possible hole they can find. Hominick's going to need every advantage he can find once that cage door locks. If Hominick comes in poorly prepared, he might as well not even enter the Octagon that night. For Hominick, he can increase his chances of a win in this fight in preparation.
Whatever happens that night, we're going to see two elite featherweight strikers go in and do battle. It should be fun. A fight most fitting of the first-ever UFC featherweight title bout.