The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday, via its Ultimate Insider web series, announced several bouts for its April 30 Toronto debut.
Aside from the highly publicized UFC welterweight championship between Georges St-Pierre and Jake Shields, UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields will also feature the debut of former WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
An opponent has not yet been locked in, but UFC president Dana White last week declared, “If Mark Hominick wins (his fight at Saturday’s UFC Fight for the Troops 2), he gets a shot at the title with Aldo.”
The Ultimate Insider announcement firms up Aldo’s participation. Now it’s a matter of Hominick getting past George Roop on Saturday, or leaving it up to the UFC to move to “Plan B,” which White said included a trip “back to the drawing board.”
Other UFC 129 bouts confirmed on Thursday include a middleweight showdown between undefeated Phil Davis and “Ultimate Fighter” alum Matt Hamill, former WEC lightweight champion Ben Henderson vs. Canadian Mark Bocek, Jason MacDonald vs. Ryan Jensen, and Brian Foster vs. Sean Pierson.
Absent from the announcement was another high profile bout that has already been confirmed by both fight camps, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture against former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.