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Mark Hominick defending his turf at UFC 129

Although UFC 129 in Toronto is a short drive from Mark Hominick’shometown of Thamesford, Ont., he knows he will need a good performanceagainst his Brazilian opponent to gain more supporters.

Although UFC 129 in Toronto is a short drive from Mark Hominick’s hometown of Thamesford, Ont., he knows he will need a good performance against his Brazilian opponent to gain more supporters.

Hominick knows most won’t be rooting for him when his opponent Jose Aldo makes his much-anticipated UFC debut.

“I’m the underdog, so the pressure is on him,” said Hominick, who mentioned he’s never been more ready for a fight. “We’re both fighting for the title and when you get to this level, UFC jitters shouldn’t be an issue.”

Hominick said the expected crowd of 42,000 will not affect him.

“I’m one of those fighters — they kind of have tunnel vision. No matter what size of the event, I’m looking at my opponent and that’s what I’m focused on,” Hominick said. “Whether they’re cheering for me or Jose Aldo, I think the atmosphere is going to be amazing.”

Competing before a big crowd is nothing new to Hominick and said he will be ready April 30.

“I’ve done it in front of 20,000 before and I’ve had that same tunnel vision,” Hominick said.

“If it’s me putting the pressure, I think it’s going to cause problems.”

 
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