It was promised to Mark “The Machine” Hominick that if he were to win his bout against former teammate at Team Tompkins,Â and The Ultimate fighter 8 alumni George Roop, he would be granted his title shot against the current and premiere UFC featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo. Both men were coming off huge wins before heading into this fight. In Mark Hominick’s last three appearances of the WEC he notched a Triangle/Armbar against Bryan Caraway, put up an exciting performance against Yves Jabouin, and battled against the Greg Jackson Slugger Leonard Garcia. Whereas in George Roop’s last three appearances in the WEC, debuting as a Bantamweight, he lost a decision to former WEC champ Eddie Wineland, then moved up to featherweight and fought a huge Draw against Leonard Garcia, and rebounded from his 0-1-1 record against Chan Sung Jung, whom he defeated by head kick to make his final WEC record 1-1-1.
In the battle between the Shawn Tompkins students, Mark Hominick ruled the fight finding his distance and range from Roop’s long reach advantage. Thus eventually knocking down the taller Roop; having referee Don Turnage halt the fight at 1 minute and 28 seconds of the very first round. Not only did Hominick win to get his shot at the title, he did doing so in a dominant fashion, and as promised Mark Hominick will be Jose Aldo’s next opponent. According to Fightmetric Hominick scored 2 knockdowns landing only 9 out of 16 strikes.
Jose Aldo, the deadly Striker who ended his WEC career with a perfect 8-0 record with the WEC title around his waist, was suppose to defend his first UFC title against Josh “The Fluke” Grispi on the UFC’s New Year’s event, but was unable to due to a neck injury that he received 3 days after being granted his UFC Featherweight belt. Grispi then faced newcomer Dustin Poirier on the proposed event. But in the end Josh Grispi proved to be a “Fluke” losing his chance at the title shot. According to Fighting insider Jose Aldo’s manager Ed Soares announced that Aldo is now back in training after doing physical therapy to straighten things out. Soares said that “He’ll be ready”
UFC 129 will mark the sixth appearance of the promotion in Canada, but will also be the first time to host a show in the Rogers center of Ontario. The event will present the Welterweight title on the line as George “Rush” St Pierre, will face off against ADCC medalist, former Shooto middleweight champion, former EliteXC welterweight champion, Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields.