UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo "Junior"
Jose Aldo "Junior" is the current UFC featherweight champion with an overall MMA record of 19-1 with 12 knockouts.
Prior to the purchase of World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) by Zuffa in October of 2010, Aldo steamrolled through the greatest featherweight competition within the WEC stable of fighters.
Making his WEC debut in 2008 at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., Aldo defeated the extremely talented Alexandre Nogueira at the 3:22 mark of Round 2. Forcing a referee stoppage, Jose was awarded the TKO victory after an onslaught of vicious elbow strikes.
Destroying his next four opponents, Aldo was provided a title shot against then-WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown on Nov. 18, 2009.
Delivering devastating leg kicks, coupled with lightening-fast movement and tactically precise strikes, Aldo won the WEC featherweight championship with a TKO victory of Brown at 1:20 of Round 2.
Just six short months later, Aldo would be tested to his maximum ability in his first title defense as WEC featherweight champion versus Urijah Faber.
Defeating Faber by unanimous decision, Aldo landed a total of 32 kicks on the former champion, keeping Urijah off-balance and unable to control the intensity and momentum of the fight.
Challenging for the UFC featherweight title is Hominick. An extremely talented striker in his own right, Hominick is patient, methodical and unrelenting. In short, Hominick dissects his opponents with surgeon-like precision.
This Muay-Thai kick-boxer from Ontario, Canada has engaged in various memorable battles inside the Octagon. Most recently annihilating fellow countryman, George Roop, on Jan. 22 of this year, Hominick's skills have been consistently tested during Aldo's layoff.
Capable of striking from various angles and with all eight limbs, "The Machine" is not as elusive a fighter as the champion. Mark will stand and trade in the pocket and then bounce out to analyze his next move.
Meanwhile, Aldo is known for his quick, gorilla-style striking with devastating results, which limits the back-and-forth trading conducive to Hominick's style.
The difference in their stand-up strategy favors Aldo and minimizes any adverse effects from his layoff. Even though Hominick has excellent head movement and strikes at various angles and planes, his stand-up style is to always push forward.
This tendency is advantageous against less elusive fighters who are lacking in their striking abilities. However, Aldo is a premier striker and his quick, explosive style counters Hominick's drive for pressure very well.
In the end, Jose Aldo "Junior" will remain the UFC featherweight champion with a knockout victory over Mark Hominick.
Winner: Jose Aldo via KO