Even though UFC featherweight Mark Hominick’s last fight took place in his home-base of Toronto the scenario playing out inside the Octagon was anything but familiar for the 29-year old Canadian. Not only was Hominick fighting for the first time since the death of his longtime friend/coach Shawn Tompkins, but he was knocked out by Chan Sung Jung in less than ten seconds despite not having been stopped by strikes in nearly a decade. After all, he’s the man who battled champion Jose Aldo for twenty-five minutes and never gave in despite a softball-sized hematoma on his head.
This weekend Hominick returns to competition with hopes of avoiding the same mistakes leading to his disappointing defeat this past December, taking on Eddie Yagin at UFC 145. “The Machine” recently spoke about his previous performance and how his mindset will differ this time around when the cage door closes.
“I went out there, fought out of character and paid the price. I had a lot to prove. I wanted to prove so much, and by doing that I fought out of character and he hit me with a good right hand. That’s the end of the story,” said Hominick on Sherdog Radio, making no excuses for his lackluster showing at UFC 140.
Hominick also addressed the impact Tompkins’ passing had on his effort and whether or not things might have gone different with the widely-respected trainer in his corner.
“It motivated me throughout the camp, but again, I came out of character,” replied Hominick initially, refusing to play the “should’ve would’ve could’ve” game. “Maybe if Shawn was there, he would have slapped me straight, but it is what it is. It was a tough loss, but I didn’t sit and dwell on it too much. The way you get rid of that is you come out there and you win. That’s what I’m focused on doing.”
Emerging victorious is the only thing on Hominick’s mind this time around – not rankings, job security, contendership, or anything of the sort.
“I think in the UFC every fight’s a must-win. That’s how important the fights are and how much pressure the fighters have on them. But I’m so far removed from thinking, ‘Oh, this puts me here or there.’ I’m thinking about going out there and winning. That’s it,” explained Hominick while also adding the same approach helped carry him to the five-fight winning streak initially earning him the crack at Aldo’s championship.
Fans can catch Hominick-Yagin on the PPV portion of the UFC 145 card along with other bouts including Brendan Schaub-Ben Rothwell, Rory MacDonald-Che Mills, and of course headliner Jon Jones-Rashad Evans.
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