Often compared to his Brazilian counterpart Anderson Silva, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will finally make his debut in the promotion at UFC 129 on April 30th against Mark Hominick.
Despite being just 24, Aldo already will be making the 20th appearance of his career in Toronto, Canada, but there’s no doubt in his mind that this will be by far the biggest, and he’s raring to go.
“This is a dream come true. I’m going to be defending my UFC title in front of 55,000 fans. I can’t wait,” Aldo says in his pre-fight interview for UFC.com.
Some may be intimidated by the thought of fighting in front of this record breaking number of fans, particularly as the majority of them will be cheering on Hominick since he’s Canadian, but it’s not something that appears to phaze the champion.
“I don’t care where I’m fighting. Whether I’m fighting in someone’s backyard or not. 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 are saying anyway, so it doesn’t bother me.
“The most important thing is to stay focused, the only thing I’m listening to is my corners. As long as I go in there well prepared and focused I’ll be able to stay on top and defend my title.”
As for what his opponent brings to the Octagon, Aldo emphasizes that he’s not concentrating so much on Hominick’s specific skill-set, but rather how he applies those skills in his fights.
“I don’t pay too much attention to what his strengths and weaknesses are. 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 how emotional he is. I just pay attention to what he does and prepare accordingly.”
There’s a great weight of expectation on Aldo’s shoulders, with many people considering him to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, who, like Jon Jones, is expected to be one of the superstars of the future, but if he’s feeling the pressure he’s certainly not showing it outwardly.
“I will definitely beat Mark Hominick. If I didn’t believe it I wouldn’t be hear now. It’s what I’m focused on. Getting in there, defending my title and winning,” he says confidently.
Those who have watched him rip through the WEC’s featherweight division, amassing an 11 fight winning streak, won’t have a hard time believing it either.
Watch Aldo’s full interview below.