Aldo by decision:
Round 1 - A touch of gloves gets us started. Both fighters light on their feet. Aldo moves in with an uppercut to the body. He moves in with another and lands a jarring leg kick. Hominick shakes it off. Aldo with a quick jab and then another. Hominick moves in with a nice body shot, but Aldo counters with an overhand and then a left to the head. Hominick catches a front kick and briefly spills the champ. The fighters trade lugning punches that are checked. Hominick gets through a straight right. Aldo with another body-punch, low-kick combo before Aldo shoots and easily gets the double-leg takedown. Hominick looks for an armbar, but Aldo shakes it off and works from full guard. Hominick controls his wrists while presses into the cage. Aldo gets through a few punches and then elbows. Hominick looks to get away from the cage. Aldo postuews up and then drops back into guard. Aldo drops a forearm strike and another. Hominick tries to tie him up but eats another. Aldo then connects on a big right. Hominick again tries to tie him up, and he stalls the action to get a standup. Hominick lands a nice combo, but Aldo easily scores a single-leg takedown. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Aldo as Hominick walks to his corner with some big knots on his head.
Round 2 - Aldo lands a low kick and then retreats to avoid counters. Hominick stays light on his feet and gets through a body punch. They trade quick rights, and Aldo just misses on a big uppercut. Both showing good footwork. Aldo moves in, but Hominick shoves him away and tags him. Hominick shrugs off another takedown attempt and lands some solid punches while Aldo is flatfooted. Hominick pops him again while the champ stays flatfooted. Aldo ducks under the next one and gets the double-leg takedown. Aldo works from inside full guard, but Hominick does a good job tying him up. Hominick again grabs the cage to get away from the fencing with no warning. Aldo postures up and moves back in with a couple punches. The crowd wants a stand-up, and "Big" John McCarthy obliges. Hominick ducks under an overhand right. Aldo fires off a quick combo, gets another takedown, and immediately moves into side control. Hominick puts his feet against the cage and wants to kick free. But Aldo smothers him. MMAjunkie.com scores another one 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 3 - The fighters miss with jabs. Aldo lands a straight punch. Hominick lands a low kick, and Aldo answers in kind. Aldo's head movement allows him to avoid punches, but Hominick gets throw a low kick. Aldo throws an uppercut and looks for the takedown, but Hominick fights it off and resets. Hominick throws out the jab, but Aldo bobs his head expertly and lands a solid low kick. Aldo fires off a left-right combo and then gets through another right. Hominick answers with a quick jab. The fighters trade hooks. Aldo looks for the double-leg, knocks down his opponent, tries to get him back down with a single leg, but ultimately gives it up. Hominick has some success with punches and avoids counter punches. Aldo connects on a quick right, and Hominick appears stunned. Aldo drags him to the mat and unloads some ground and pound. Hominick eventually ties him up but now appears to have a few facial cuts. The pace slows. Not much action in the final 30 seconds. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 4 - A nice ovation from the crowd starts our championship rounds. The fighters throw from distance with little luck. Aldo lands a nice low kick. Aldo then lands a nice left-right combo that snaps back Hominick's head. Aldo lands another low kick and clinches, but Hominick pushes him away. Aldo lands a straight left. Hominick paws his jab but is quickly forced to retreat and reset. Hominick lands a front-kick to the cup, and the ref calls for a timeout. On the restart, Aldo lands a pair of nice low kicks and checks his opponent's kicks. He then lands a quick left. Aldo then lands a body-punch, low-kick combo. Hominick peppers some jabs but is dropped with a counter. He's forced to cover up but pulls guard and survives. Aldo delivers punches from the top and then lands some vicious elbow strikes. Hominick's head is swelling up badly. A nasty hemotoma could mean this fight will be stopped between rounds. Aldo continues working from the top. Each replay of the swelling causes gasps from the crowd. The ref calls for a timeout to have it checked. A hands-on physician pokes and probes the blob and amazingly allows the fight to continue. They start standing. Aldo lands a combo on the second head and then snaps Hominick's head with a straight punch. He easily gets the takedown and closes out a dominant round on top. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-8 for Aldo.
Round 5 - Before the round begins, the physician checks Hominick again. Amazingly again, it's allowed to continue. Aldo snaps off a low kick. Aldo lands a stiff combo and begins to let his hands fly. A right hand slows Hominick, who somehow gets the takedown to shows signs of life. He works from half guard and delivers some minimal ground and pound. Hominick's face is swollen and bloody mess, but he begins to land punches from the top. The crowd roars and stomps their feet to create a rumble. Aldo throws up his legs, but Hominick keeps on the pressure between heavy breaths. Hominick postures up and delivers more punches. Aldo covers up, and despite the crowd's enthusiasm, doesn't seem to be in serious trouble. Hominick lands some bigger punches and then hammerfists. He looks at the clock and kicks up the frequency with a minute to go. Hominick works in punches and elbows to the head and body. Aldo definitely is slowing. Hominick pops him with a left. Hominick fires away on the body from the kneeling position. Aldo looks for the clock. Hominick lands a left, looks at the clock, and desperately flings away, but it's too little too late. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Hominick but 49-45 overall for Aldo. Champ Jose Aldo def. Mark Hominick via unanimous decision (50-43, 48-46, 49-46) - defends featherweight title