Jose Aldo file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
Considered by many to be one of the world’s top pound-for-pound fighters, World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion Jose Aldo appears to have lined up his next challenger.
In an interview with Tatame.com, Aldo pointed to Canadian Mark Hominick as a likely opponent, perhaps as soon as January. Sherdog.com could not independently confirm the matchup with representatives from the two featherweights’ camps.
“Whoever it may be, I always respect everybody,” Aldo told Tatame.com. “We may already have a title defense in January with Mark Hominick, a Canadian very good in kickboxing.”
Aldo, a Nova Uniao standout, has won 11 straight fights and has not lost in almost five years. He has 14 finishes, including 12 knockouts, among his 18 victories and is coming off a second-round knockout of Manny Gamburyan at WEC 51 in September. Along with Gamburyan, the 24-year-old Aldo holds notable wins over former WEC 145-pound kingpins Urijah Faber and Mike Thomas Brown, Cub Swanson, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 cast member Jonathan Brookins and former Shooto world champion Alexandre Franca Nogueira.
Hominick, who hails from London, Ontario, Canada, will bring a four-fight winning streak into his next appearance. In his last bout, he earned a split-decision victory over Leonard Garcia at WEC 51. Prior to that, Hominick had rung up a second-round knockout of Yves Jabouin and a pair of submission victories over Savant Young and Bryan Caraway. With 15 finishes among his 19 victories, Hominick has proven adept standing and on the ground.