Mark Hominick has experienced plenty of joys over the past 12 months, and a heart ache or two, as well. This Saturday, Hominick will complete his 2011 fight year by facing Chan Sung Jang at UFC 140 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“The Machine”, a native of Canada, defeated George Roop in early 2011 to earn a shot at UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo, While Hominick was unsuccessful in defeating Aldo, he enjoyed a happier moment a few weeks later when his wife delivered their first baby.
For the 20-9 Hominick, the journey of the past twelve months has been a culmination of his entire career in MMA.
“I would say it’s like a 15-year overnight success,” said Hominick, in a recent interview with the UFC’s website. “I think that’s the way it works with anything you’re passionate about. You see the same thing with musicians or people in any kind of art, movie stars, whatever it is, they work the grind for years and years and get that one opportunity, and all of a sudden they’re in the limelight. That’s the opportunity I’ve been given, and now it’s my responsibility to run with it.”
Just like his fight career, however, there has been personal loss this year for Hominick. Shawn Tompkins, a trainer of Hominick’s and several others, passed away suddenly this year. “The birth of my daughter was definitely life-changing and the greatest thing that’s happened to me. It was an eye opener. And with Shawn, it was such a shock and I honestly don’t even think its hit me yet. But I’m looking at it as I have a responsibility to carry on his legacy, and the way I do that is I go out there and fight.”
Hominick has earned plenty of admiration by the MMA community and fans for his effort against Aldo where he fought back from a several beating early on to go all 25 minutes with the champion. He has nine knockout and six submission victories in his career.
“Anyone who likes to throw down and stand up, you’re gonna be a fan favorite,” Hominick said. “So I’m lucky that my style and my skill set cater to that.”
UFC 140 takes place on PPV starting at 9:00 PM EST with a main event featuring Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight belt against former champ Lyoto Machida.
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