Aldo vs. Hominick, Couture vs. Machida official for UFC 129Posted on February 1, 2011, 08:48 PM by Joey Santosus
Two additional bouts have been made official for UFC 129. Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will make his promotional debut, defending the title against Canadian Mark Hominick, while veteran Randy Couture will meet Lyoto Machida.
Headlined by a Welterweight title clash between division champ Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, UFC 129 takes place April 30th from the Rogers Centre and will be the promotion's first trip to Canada's largest city, Toronto.
Currently enjoying an 11-fight win streak, Aldo captured the title after tearing through his first six opponents with the WEC, including then champion Mike Brown. The Brazilian followed up with two dominant title defenses, crippling Urijah Faber with brutal leg kicks before knocking out Manny Gamburyan early in the second round. Now considered by many to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Aldo will undoubtedly look to make a statement in his UFC debut.
Hominick made his return to the promotion at Fight for the Troops II, where he needed just over a minute to dispatch of George Roop and claim his spot as number one contender. The win brought his streak to five and marked his third career UFC victory.
Randy Couture , meanwhile, has won his last three consecutive bouts, making the Hall-of-Famer 5-2 in his last seven. Many thought the veteran had fought his last fight after defeating Heavyweight boxing champ James Toney at UFC 118. However, when "The Natural" showed interest in fighting Machida, it didnt take long for the match-up to materialize. Though "The Dragon" is coming off a close decision loss to Quinton Jackson, a victory in Toronto would likely put Couture back in a familiar territory, the title picture.