Mark Hominick (MMA Record: 19-8, WEC Record: 3-2)
In terms of pure striking ability, Hominick may just be the only featherweight in the WEC that could hold his own with Aldo on the feet. The Shawn Tompkins-trained fighter has effectively utilized standup precision in his recent wins over Leonard Garcia and Yves Jabouin. He isn’t necessarily a knockout artist but his technique is excellent and he picks his shots very well.
Hominick could frustrate Aldo on the feet briefly but the Canadian really doesn’t pose much of a threat. Once Aldo finds his range, he would light Hominick up with vicious Muay Thai leg kicks and explosive punches.
Chance of beating Aldo: 25%
George Roop (MMA Record: 11-6-1, WEC Record: 1-1-1)
Don’t let his WEC record fool you: at 145 pounds, Roop is a very dangerous man with both a long reach and knockout power. Technically he should be 2-1 considering he was winning his fight with Leonard Garcia at WEC 47 before a point deduction resulted in a draw.
Roop is coming off a violent head kick knockout victory over Chan Sung Jung which may have propelled the Arizona native into contender status. He could be just a few wins away from squaring off with Aldo for the championship. Roop could certainly pose problems with his reach but Aldo is a far superior striker and it would only be a matter of time before Roop became just another highlight reel victim on Aldo’s resume.
Chance of beating Aldo: 20%