UFC 129 Fight Card: Jose Aldo vs Mark Hominick at a Glance

Aldo-hominick_mediumIn what I believe is a first in UFC history, a UFC champion will defend his title in his UFC debut. That's right, despite wearing the UFC gold around his waist, featherweight champ Jose Aldo has never fought inside the Octagon before.

He'll be defending the title he traded his WEC belt in for against Canadian Mark Hominick at UFC 129 in Toronto.

Despite Aldo being a huge favorite with the odds-makers, this match-up could well be much closer than it appears on paper. 

Aldo shredded his competition in the WEC with a whirlwind Muay Thai style and Mark Hominick and his trainer Shawn Tompkins are hoping that Hominick's more disciplined and precise conventional kickboxing style will make things hard on the champion.

Aldo's leg kicks at range could well take Hominick out of his game quickly however. It's hard to implement technically correct footwork with one working leg. 

If the fight gets to the ground, look for Hominick to surprise Aldo with a solid ground game -- unless he falls to the ground in a stunned state in which case Aldo will put the hurt on.

Aspect Aldo Points Hominick Advantage
Range Fighting



Boxing Thai boxer Technician Hominick
Kickboxing Whirlwind Precise  Aldo 
Wrestling Shot Quick Competent  Aldo
Clinch Fighting        
Dirty Boxing Hurtful Strong  Hominick 
 Thai Clinch Lethal 1 Very Good Aldo
 Throws/Trips Effective 1 Sneaky Aldo
 Ground Fighting



 Positional Control Very Good 1 Good Aldo
 Top Game Lethal 1 Surprising Aldo
 Bottom Game Aggressive 1 Competent Aldo
 Submissions Seldom Seen 1 Effective Hominick
Overall P4P Best  8/3 Contender Aldo


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