Jose Aldo is a bad, bad man. The dude who knocks him off his UFC featherweight perch will have to be a helluva fighter and probably a little bit lucky. In a game of inches, landing that perfect shot can't always be planned. Nor can life, that's why Mark Hominick needs to catch a break outside the Octagon as well.
The Canadian has the pressure of the world on him facing the UFC champ and doing it in front 55,000 faithful Canadian fans. Hominick faces Aldo at UFC 129 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).
The last thing he needs to be thinking about is his wife in a hospital delivering their first child. Everything should be fine as long as the little girl doesn't come a week early. Hominick's wife, Ashley, is due on May 7.
Ashley will be in Toronto roughly 90 minutes from their hometown of Thamesford and the precautions have been taken.
"We have a doctor lined up (in Toronto) if she does go into labor," he said. "We have a pretty strong support system with my family. It's nice that the fight's literally an hour and a half drive away from where we live," Hominick told the Canadian Press.
"I'm just trying to take it all in. This is an experience that I'll look back on and say, 'Wow, that was a crazy time,' especially with my wife being due," Hominick said. "Everyone in my life knows the opportunity that's in front of me, so it's been a huge, strong support system that I have behind me."
Hominick and trainer Shawn Tompkins feel, Aldo (18-1) has never been tested by a top-notch striker.
"I think I'm the guy to take this guy out," he said. "I really do think I have the skill set to beat him. The main thing is staying composed and sticking to the game plan," Hominick said.
Aldo has the reputation of being a great ground, but sounds willing to test Hominick on the feet.
"I feel it's a great fight," Aldo said through an interpreter. Two guys that are going to go out there and keep the fight standing and always be looking for that knockout."
Tompkins told us last month, no one has come forward against Aldo. That'll change Saturday night.