UFC 129 won’t exactly be like the classic gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but Mark Hominick expects a shootout in his featherweight title fight, nonetheless. Although Hominick will be challenging the most efficient striker the 145-pound division has ever witnessed, he’s fully prepared to stand toe-to-toe with Jose Aldo this Saturday.
“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,” Hominick told Sherdog. “I think I present a lot of problems.”
Aldo owns a dominant 18-1 professional record and has finished 14 of victims before the final horns have sounded. He’s posted (T)KO victories in seven of his last eight fights, but Hominick certainly won’t hesitate to bust out the big guns.
“You see a lot of guys in MMA, they’re somewhat wild in their technique,” Hominick noted. “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.”
Another facet that’s been put on the backburner is the seldom-used jiu jitsu black belt tucked securely underneath Aldo’s gold UFC title. While he hasn’t submitted an opponent since making Luciano Azevedo tap in November 2005, Hominick knows the Brazilian can unleash his grappling game at any moment.
“I think he likes to fight fire with fire,” Hominick said. “We have to be definitely wary that he can go from zero to 100 in any aspect, from the knees to the kicks to the punches to the ground.
“He likes to prove that he’s better anywhere. … He’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu, a world champion in jiu jitsu. I’m ready everywhere, wherever the fight goes.”
UFC 129 takes place Saturday inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada. The featherweights will co-headline the pay-per-view broadcast.