Aldo for his part, said he doesn't care about the lack of attention, even though it's a spotlight that he deserves. He's 18-1, he's won 11 straight fights, and a win over Mark Hominick on Saturday would give him four title defenses, all at the ripe old age of 24.
"I do not mind, I see no problems in people who are not paying attention to me," he said through his interpreter. "The important thing is that I'll be in there and I will show who I am."
Further eclipsing Aldo is his opponent, who grew up in Thamesford, Ontario, about 100 miles away from Toronto, clearly making him the hometown favorite for the mostly Canadian crowd, and stealing away attention from the Canadian press contingent. Hominick doesn't have quite the MMA resume as Aldo, but at 20-8, he's captured seven of his last eight fights. In his most recent -- and with a title shot on the line -- Hominick knocked out George Roop in just 88 seconds.
All of that means Hominick will have a lot of momentum and a lot of fans on his side on Saturday, but Aldo remains unconcerned.
"It's not a problem at all," he said. "I fought Urijah [Faber] in his hometown and the way I go into a fight, I take the energy out of my opponent, the local guy. I feel I can do just as good."
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