Mark Hominick Will Fight Jose Aldo in Toronto if He Beats George Roop

Mark Hominick is one win away from fighting for the UFC featherweight title.

Dana White confirmed on Tuesday's UFC conference call that if "The Machine" beats George Roop at Fight for the Troops 2 on Jan. 22, he will fight Jose Aldo for the 145-pound title at UFC 129 on April 30 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

The fight would be of extra importance for the 28-year-old Hominick, who hails from nearby Thamesford, Ontario, Canada.

When asked what would happen if Hominick should lose to Roop, White said the organization will have to go "back to the drawing board."

Hominick was originally offered a fight against Aldo at UFC 125, but the timing didn't work out for him as he was recovering from a hand injury.

Hominick was a guest on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour, and while he refused to look past Roop, he did talk about his desire to fight on the Toronto card.


"I'm going into my 10th year fighting as a professional, and to have to be on the first card in my home province would be a dream come true."

Hominick is 2-0 in the UFC, defeating Yves Edwards and Jorge Gurgel in 2006 as a lightweight. He's 3-0 since returning to Zuffa as a featherweight, and if he wins one more he will fight in the first-ever UFC featherweight title fight.

Aldo was scheduled to defend the belt at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi, but was forced to pull out due to suffering from a compacted vertebrae in his spine. The 18-1 fighter has held the 145-pound title since November 2009.

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