Mark Hominick vs George Roop
This is the fight to keep an eye on tonight. A win for Hominick makes him the No. 1 UFC featherweight contender while a win for Roop leaves the UFC with some decisions to make. Depending on how the fight goes, Roop has all the potential to make the Zuffa brass give him a shot at Jose Aldo if he can score a decisive victory tonight over his team Tompkins teammate.
"Nothing is for sure but who else are they going to give it to? I'm going to beat the No.1 contender. I feel like it's kind of a kick in the balls when Dana White came out and made that announcement a week and a half before the fight. Hominick gets it if he wins, but if he loses it's back to the drawing board? They're not going to have any other choice but to give it to me after the performance I plan on putting on. I plan on changing their minds; it wouldn't be the first time any fighter did."
All the pressure is on Hominick to perform in this fight. On top of the title implications, Hominick is fighting his training partner and teammate. Roop now has his own trainers game planning against him, something that should give quite an edge to Hominick. Roop temporarily switched camps for this fight, allowing Hominick to plot and scheme with Tompkins in peace. I believe this will be a deciding factor in this fight.
I just see too many factors working against Roop. He'll be able to handle himself perfectly well against Hominick but I worry about his time spent away from his regular training camp, from his normality. I think Hominick takes this one and takes his spot next in line to face Aldo in April.