Getting involved with the UFC was certainly an unconventional move from the Tiger-Cats, as most established sports teams and leagues seem to see MMA's rising popularity as a dangerous source of competition for fans and advertising dollars rather than a potential ally. Moreover, big MMA events were only recently legalized in Ontario, and there's still plenty of controversy around the sport. The Tiger-Cats made the bold decision to jump into the UFC waters, though, and they found the perfect guy to sponsor.
Hominick (pictured above after his fight; in addition to the head wound he battled through, note the Tiger-Cats' hat his cornerman is sporting), a fighter originally from Thamesford, Ontario who's now based out of the nearby London area, seemed like a logical candidate from the start thanks to his local connections, but his national and worldwide profile before the fight wasn't all that high. He got his shot at Aldo by taking on and knocking out George Roop in January, and it was widely speculated that UFC 129 could be Hominick's breakthrough moment. Well, it certainly was that, as Hominick made plenty of headlines all weekend. Some, like those involving the controversy that erupted around his weigh-in, weren't the best kind, but that became very minor news once he stepped into the octagon, as you can see from the highlights below: