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This week’s spotlight will focus on none other than former UFC featherweight number one contender and UFC 140 participant, Mark "The Machine" Hominick.
Mark Hominick was born July 22, 1982 in Thamesford, Ontario, Canada. He currently lives in London, Ontario where he trains at Adrenaline Training Center with top Canadian fighters such as Chris Horodecki and Sam Stout. Hominick has fought in both the lightweight and featherweight divisions during his career, but has found a home at featherweight now that the UFC employs the weight class.
At 29-years old, Hominick sports a fighting record of 20 wins with nine losses, he is a well-rounded fighter with solid submission skills, but his strength comes in the stand-up, where his truly the cream of the crop in his division when it comes to kickboxing. With 16 of his 20 career wins via knockout or submission, the Thamesford native prefers to keep his fights away from the judge’s scorecards. Crisp, technical striking has led to impressive wins over tough fighters such as Yves Jabouin, Leonard Garcia and George Roop.
Also known as "The Machine", Hominick began his quest towards a professional MMA career when his 9th grade gym class took a field trip to a martial arts school in London, Ontario. The field trip changed Hominick’s life forever; within two weeks he began competing in grappling tournaments. His interest progressed to kickboxing and finally, mixed martial arts. He did not let his competitive spirit get in the way of the rest of his life, though; Hominick is extremely intelligent, having graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Commerce.
Hominick made his MMA debut in the summer of 2002, defeating Richard Nancoo via third round TKO. The first three years of Hominick’s career were not easy; he put together a mediocre 5-4 record in his first nine fights, most of which took place in Quebec, Canada. It was in his fifth fight where the Canadian really emerged. On January 29th, 2005, Hominick would defeat Shane Rice via first round knockout to take the TKO Major League Featherweight Championship. The TKO organization was the biggest in Canada at the time, so the win for Hominick was a huge accomplishment.
Hominick would go on to defend the TKO belt three times before receiving the call to fight Yves Edwards at UFC 58 on March 4th, 2006. Since the UFC did not have a featherweight division at the time, Hominick would move up to lightweight for the bout. Hominick would impress in his UFC debut, defeating Edwards with a submission in the second round and proving he is one of the top fighters in the world.
A bright future in the UFC appeared to be Hominick’s destiny, but after only one more fight in the octagon, he would decide to compete in organizations that hosted featherweight bouts. Competing under the banner of now defunct promotions including Affliction, TKO, and WEC, Hominick fought against some of the best featherweight fighters in the world including Hatsu Hioki, Rani Yahya and Josh Grispi.
The highlight of Hominick’s career thus far was career best five consecutive wins from 2008-2011, which included wins over Savant Young, Brian Caraway, Yves Jabouin, Leonard Garcia and George Roop. Two submissions, two knockouts and a decision victory over stiff competition were enough to earn Hominick the biggest fight of his career at UFC 129 earlier this year.
With the five-fight run, Hominick would establish himself as the number one contender in the UFC featherweight division, he would be granted an opportunity to challenge Brazilian phenom Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight championship only a few miles away from his hometown. On April 29th, a record 55,000 UFC fans packed the Rogers Center in Toronto to see Hominick challenge the Aldo for the belt.
"The Machine" would put on a valiant performance in his title effort, but would come up short, losing via unanimous decision. In a spectacular display of heart and courage, Hominick would battle the Brazilian for 25-minutes, absorbing a tremendous amount of damage in the process, including a massive hematoma on his forehead. He did have high points in the fight, taking down and mounting the champion in the fifth round, but it wasn’t enough.
From the time he was a teenage and for his entire professional career up until just a few months ago, highly respected MMA coach Shawn Tompkins trained Hominick. Sadly and unexpectedly, Tompkins passed away last August due to a heart attack. The loss of his coach has been extremely difficult for Hominick; he says Tompkins taught him about more than fighting, he learned about passion, hard work, and dedication. When Tompkins passed, Hominick lost more then a coach, he lost family.
The Canadian credits all of his career success to his late coach, and after taking time to grieve; Hominick is set to return to action this weekend at UFC 140 in Toronto. For the second consecutive fight, Hominick will compete for his hometown crowd, however this time; he is looking to come out victorious.
In featherweight main card action, Hominick will face one of the most exciting fighters in the weight class, "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung. Hominick and Jung have similar styles; they both prefer to engage on the feet, but can also keep the fight highly competitive on the ground.
After a year that included an unsuccessful title fight with Jose Aldo and the tragic loss of his coach, Hominick is looking to put the pieces together and begin another run towards the top. He gave current champion Jose Aldo the toughest fight of his title reign thus far, on Saturday night, the Canadian wants to let the division know he is still a threat to Aldo’s gold.