Current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be returning to the cage to make his organizational debut when he returns for “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields” on April 30 at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada.
Aldo was officially named the promotions first featherweight champion during a special ceremony just before UFC 123 last November, as he was the last reigning 145-pound title holder in the WEC–which was later assimilated into the UFC following the organization’s dissolved lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight classes into the larger promotion of the two.
Now, though Jose has become official for the pay-per-view event, his opponent will remain up in the air, pending the result of a scheduled featherweight fight taking place this Saturday.
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt was originally scheduled to defend his title against Josh Grispi this at UFC 125 on Jan. 1, however bowed out of the contest due to injury. Subsequently, Grispi was defeated by Dustin Poirier who stepped in as a late replacement for the Nova Uniao product.
Now, Aldo will to wait and see the outcome of another top-contender match up as Mark Hominick puts his four-fight win streak on the line as he takes on “The Ultimate Fighter” season-eight veteran George Roop.
UFC President Dana White indicated earlier last week that should Hominick come out successful in his bout against Roop, that he will be the next immediate challenger to the featherweight title, which is safely secured around Aldo’s waist. Jose has not only solidified himself as the best 145-pound fighter in the worlds with his crushing victories over Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, and Manny Gamburyan, but he is now universally recognized as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
In order to keep those same accolades intact, he will need to make good on his UFC debut.
Likewise, if Hominick hopes to take some of that allure that surrounds Aldo, he will have to defeat his current teammate Roop this Saturday at “UFC Fight for the Troops 2″ which will be featured on the main card of the televised event, which takes place at Fort Hood in Killeen, Tex.
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of Mark’s chances in facing Aldo? He should be pegged as the favorite heading into the fight, and what better way to reintroduce yourself to the UFC then in front of your fellow Canadians? Sound off in the comment section below.