Most Mixed Martial Artists are considered to be in the prime of their careers in their late 20s-early 30s. However, in the case of featherweight Mark Hominick, “The Machine” knew was near the end of his run in MMA before he celebrated his 30th birthday earlier this year. As such, after another hard-fought albeit entertaining loss in November, the seasoned Canadian decided to hang up his gloves and explore his future outside of the Octagon.
Though the loss was Hominick’s fourth straight including a decision defeat to dynamic champion Jose Aldo, other fighters in worse positions have certainly battled their way back into relevancy again. However, in the case of Hominick, being immersed in the middle-of-the-pack was never been a place he’s wanted to reside.
“I trained to win that fight, I had every intention to win that fight, but I think I knew that if I wasn’t winning that fight that I was going to make that decision. I’m moving on to the next chapter of my life; there’s a lot of reasons for that. I believe I belong amongst the best in the division. I believe I belong with the Jose Aldos and those guys, and if I’m not competing at that level, then I think it’s time for me to walk away,” explained Hominick in an interview with MMAWeekly. “I’m not here just to put on an exciting fight and kind of be an Arturo Gatti type fighter, who goes in there and lays it on the line, because I believe I belong amongst the best. I don’t think I’ve been performing to the level that I expect of myself, and I want to be the guy wearing the belt, and fighting for that belt as opposed to that guy that goes and puts on an exciting fight.”
The 20-12 Hominick admitted he’d reconsidered his retirement a few times after falling on the scorecards to Pablo Garza at UFC 154, though he’s confident it’s an itch he’ll never scratch.
“I think I have to approach the next phase of my career like I approached the way I fought, and the way I treated my fighting and training, and that was going full steam ahead,” stated Hominick, adding his plan for now was to carry on the legacy of former friend/coach Shawn Tompkins and serve as an ambassador of sorts for the UFC in Canada if called upon to do so.
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