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Aldo-Hominick Tentatively Planned for January WEC Featherweight Title Bout if ‘The Machine’ Recovers From Broken Hand


(Hominick may be next in line to try to crack Aldo’s seemingly impenetrable armor in January.)

WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo revealed in an interview with Tatame over the weekend that his next scheduled bout will be against former TKO featherweight champion Mark Hominick in January.

"Whoever it is, [I] always respect everyone," Aldo said. "We already have a defense in January, [and it] will be against Mark Hominick, a Canadian [who is] very good at kickboxing."

Aldo seemed a bit unsure about whether or not the fight with "The Machine" is a sure thing so we contacted Hominick’s longtime mentor and trainer Shawn Tompkins today to find out if the fight is a go.

Tompkins tells us that his charge is still in a cast recovering from a broken hand he suffered training for his impressive victory over Leonard Garcia at WEC 51 last month.


Although he would not confirm whether they had signed on for the January fight with Aldo, Tompkins did that they would take the fight in a heartbeat if it was offered.

We have since confirmed with another independent source that the bout has indeed been tentatively penciled in for the yet-to-be announced January WEC 54 show which may possibly take place in Phoenix, AZ and that the bout could be signed in the next few weeks if Hominick is cleared to begin train by an orthopedic surgeon.

The general consensus amongst fans and the MMA media about the potential match-up is why Hominick and not someone like Josh Grispi, who beat the Thamesford, Ontario, Canada native in 2008.

Besides timing (Grispi is set to face Eric Koch in Novemeber at WEC 52) it boiled down to the fact that Hominick, who has finished three of his last four opponents since the loss to Grispi, took out Garcia, who was rumored to be slated to get the next shot after Manny Gamburyan.

It’s likely that Grispi will get the next shot after Hominick if he gets by Koch. Or if he comes out of the fight unscathed and Hominick doesn’t get medical clearance, he could step in to face Aldo in January.

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twitterfeedz- August 16, 2011 at 10:20 am
Good to know,thanks for the update
SgT.SauceD- October 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm
"it might be "typical sub standard WEC match-making" but considering the cicumstances this is about all they got right now. Grispi is booked and they're not going to put the champ on hold for longer than they have to just to match him with grispi when there is other viable contenders. this is still going to be hands down more exciting than any of the shit the UFC pumps out any time soon. The WEC consistently puts on the best shows and has the best fights time after time after time. The UFC has just really gone stale for me lately.
vaicavalo- October 19, 2010 at 7:48 am
Grispi deserves the title shot first, Hominick would be the first or the second after Grispi
J-Dog- October 19, 2010 at 7:40 am
I like the rumors of Aldo moving up to 155 in the UFC better than this.
agentsmith- October 19, 2010 at 5:44 am
Even if Garcia had won, he'd be 2-1-1 in his last four. That earns him a title shot?
stopdrinkingpee- October 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm
Yech. This is pointless, typical substandard WEC match-making. I'm willing to wait a month on Aldo to see him fight Grispi instead of Hominick. This is like Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote. It's a fucking joke, and it invites the champ to treat it like a joke.

Aldo should fight Grispi, then the winner of a Hominick-Mike Brown title eliminator, then go to 155 if he's still the champ.
Hank Mardukis- October 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm
I was hoping this match-up would happen. Hominick's got elite striking credentials and a surprisingly slick ground game; he's been one of my fav's since I saw the Yves Edwards submission. I can't wait.
BryanF- October 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm
@nicey

My apologies, I need to brush up on my HandBanana
Bob Reilly- October 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm
WAR Hominick!
natericklesmma- October 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm
WTF... whats up with aldo vs grispi... id loved to see aldo get beat and grispi is the man to do it... honestly thats probley why they (zuffa) doesnt want to put that fight on cuz aldo is there next big thing and they would hate for him to lose right before he makes his jump to the ufc... dont get me wrong, hominick looked impressive his last fight but really does anyone out there think that he really stands a chance???
nicey- October 18, 2010 at 5:10 pm
@BryanF It's "Tonight....you."
nicey- October 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm
Does anyone edit these articles or...?
Ballkick- October 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm
WAR Hominick!
Delio-6- October 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm
I'm a dirty Canadian and I like watching Hominick. I've been watching his fights since he was 19 and fighting in Quebec. Crazy cardio - expect push-ups
Harry Nips- October 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm
I like this fight, hope it happens. Hominick is fun to watch and has damn good striking. Someone's getting KO'd in this one, sadly it'll probably be Hominick. Aldo seems to be unstoppable.
BryanF- October 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm
CP totally wasted their caption with this photo.

Aldo: "You..Tonight."
Hominick: "...I'm sorry, what?"
ghostboner- October 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm
This is awesome. I like Hominich. This will be a good fight indeed.
DazedNConfused- October 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Grispi is the only person I really want to see Aldo fight. After that I hope he moves up to the UFC's 155 division. Hominick was subbed by Grispi in the first round in their fight. I really see no way he could beat Aldo. But I guess he will help add in some more footage in the Aldo highlight vid they'll use for upcoming fights.
Eyes red as Fedor- October 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm
He's just waiting for Zuffa's lawyers to clear it all out.
Smitty- October 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Aldo needs to gain some weight, and move to 155 in the UFC, and kill people there.
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