Mark Hominick knew that a win over George Roop this evening would guarantee him a shot at Jose Aldo’s featherweight title, and he wasn’t going to let the moment pass him by.

Roop had a major height and reach advantage and attempted to use that to keep the more technical Hominick at bay in the early stages, but his opponent was having none of it and pressed forward relentlessly, landing a straight right in the process that floored him.

This was the beginning of the end for Roop who got back to his feet and was then caught with more bombs as he desperately tried to retreat from danger. A left hook dropped him again before the referee dove in to stop any further punishment with just 1.28mins on the clock.

Roop protested the stoppage, but as he got to his feet his legs were still gone and he staggered across the cage before being propped up by Hominick until his corner arrived.

It was exactly the kind of win Hominick would have been dreaming about, and sets him up perfectly for his showdown with Aldo at UFC 129 in April.