Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Mark Hominick will enter the home of the Toronto Argonauts for the biggest fight of his career in enemy colours.
Hominick, who faces Brazilian featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129 on April 30 in Rogers Centre, announced a sponsorship deal with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Wednesday that will see the Thamesford, Ont., native risk a bit of his home field advantage by wearing a Ticats hat as he enters the octagon and the team's logo on his shorts during the fight.
"I am very excited about this partnership with the Tiger-Cats," Hominick said. "I can't wait to enter the octagon, in Canada, with millions of CFL and Ticats fans cheering me on. I am grateful for the Ticats support and look forward to representing the black and gold with pride."
As part of the partnership, Hominick will also be featured at 'MMA Night' at Ivor Wynne Stadium when the Ticats host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on July 16.
"The popularity of MMA in Southern Ontario and in particular the Hamilton area is no secret," said Tiger-Cats president Scott Mitchell. "We look forward to working with Mark to promote an exciting game on July 16th featuring great MMA fighters and thousands of MMA enthusiasts. As an exciting, tough, local Canadian athlete, Mark embodies many of our organization's characteristics. We are glad to be in Mark's corner as he contends for the featherweight title and we know our fans in the TigerTown region will be behind him."
Hominick, 20-8-0 in his mixed martial arts career, enters the bout as a big underdog against Aldo, 18-1-0 and permanent fixture on most MMA observers' best pound-for-pound fighter list.