UFC 129 Fight Card: Does GSP's Shadow Help Jose Aldo in the Long Run?
As noted by Mike Chiappetta at MMA Fighting, the attention that Jose Aldo has received during the buildup to this Saturday's UFC 129 is not quite befitting a UFC Champion and one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
Of course, it's not hard to have that happen when fighting on the same card as Georges St-Pierre.
The UFC Featherweight Champion - who will defend his title in Saturday's co-main event against Canadian Mark Hominick - went 40 minutes without being asked a question during Wednesday's pre-fight press conference, with writers more focused on GSP's UFC Welterweight Championship bout against Jake Shields and Randy Couture's retirement fight against Lyoto Machida.
Aldo has said he doesn't mind the lack of spotlight, and it just might be because the lack of attention could be the best thing for him in terms of making UFC 129 a landmark moment in his career.
Let's be honest: As much as the MMA media celebrates St-Pierre's greatness - and rightly so - Aldo and Hominick are much more adept than the main event fighters at producing the kind of stand-up pyrotechnics that make an impression on the widest audiences. If the 145-pound and 135-pound divisions had been part of the UFC all along, it's highly unlikely that Aldo would be relegated to co-main event status. As it is, the Aldo-Hominick bout has a Fight Night bonus - be it "Fight of the Night" or "Knockout of the Night" - written all over it.
It won't be a shock to dedicated MMA fans when that happens, but for the casual fan, there will be an element of surprise. Whether they're leaving the Rogers Centre, their friends' house or their local sports bar, they'll walk out talking about Jose Aldo.
All the more so because they walked in talking about Georges St-Pierre, Jake Shields and Randy Couture.
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