(Video courtesy of YouTube/MMATrailers)
The UFC 129 hype machine is starting to rev up with the first episode of UFC Primetime: GSP vs. Shields slated for Wednesday. Until then, some of the card’s other main card bouts are getting some play.
Surprisingly Aldo doesn’t give the Canadian striker much respect.
“I will definitely beat Mark Hominick. If I didn’t think I could, then I wouldn’t be here now; it’s what I’m focused on — going in there, defending my title and winning. I don’t pay too much attention to what his strengths and weaknesses are,” Aldo said. “I try to pay attention to all aspects of his game and focus on his movements. What he does, how he does it. I don’t pay attention to how technical or emotional he is. I just pay attention to what he does and prepare accordingly.”
As to being a part of the biggest event in UFC history, which will happen to take place in Hominick’s backyard in Toronto, Aldo is nonplussed by the notion of his opponent being the crowd favorite and says he’s just excited to make his UFC debut.
“I’m very focused on my mission but I’m also very excited. I’m very excited to be fighting in the UFC for the first time and being able to defend my title. This is a dream come true. I’m going to be defending my UFC title in front of 55,000 people. I can’t wait. I don’t care where I’m fighting. If I’m fighting in someone’s backyard or not,” he explained. “At the end of the day, when they close the Octagon door, it’s he and I in there. I don’t hear the 55,000 people screaming. I’ve said it before, I don’t know what the hell they’re saying anyway, so it doesn’t bother me. The most important thing to me is to stay focused, the only thing I’m listening to is my corners. As long as I go in there well organized and focused I’ll be able to stay on top and defend my title.”
UFC 129 is set to take place on April 30 at Rogers Centre in Toronto and will feature a strong contingent of Hominicks fellow patriots including Georges St-Pierre, Mark Bocek, Claude Patrick, Rory MacDonald, Jason MacDonald, Sean Pierson, John Makdessi, Ivan Menjivar and Yves Jabouin.
April 30, 2010
Toronto, Ontario Canada
UFC Welterweight Championship Bout
Georges St-Pierre (C) vs. Jake Shields
UFC Featherweight Championship Bout
Jose Aldo (C) vs. Mark Hominick
Rory MacDonald vs. Nate Diaz
Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson
Pablo Garza vs. Yves Jabouin
Daniel Roberts vs. Claude Patrick
Charlie Valencia vs. Ivan Menjivar
Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen
John Makdessi vs. Kyle Watson