Despite some surprising losses in his most recent fights, one-time UFC featherweight title contender, Mark Hominick was still promised a spot on one of the UFC's upcoming Canadian cards. Hominick won't get to fight in his native Ontario in September, but he'll instead get a spot on the UFC 154 card in Montreal on November 17th and his opponent will be Pablo Garza. The UFC's Canadian office tweeted news of the fight this afternoon:
bouts now on
#UFC154 card @MTL Nov 17. Featherweights @PabloGarzaMMA vs @MarkHominick
At one time, Hominick was on a five-fight winning streak that extended into the UFC after the WEC folded. Although he faltered in his title shot against Jose Aldo, he put up more of a fight against the Brazilian that most other featherweight contenders have, and it was thought he would be able to work his way back up the ladder fairly quickly. Unfortunately, shocking 7-second KO loss to rising contender, Chan Sung Jung, followed by a decision loss to heavy underdog, Eddie Yagin, has left "The Machine's" UFC career in a very precarious spot. He certainly has the skills to compete with the world's top featherweights, but one has to wonder if the sudden death of Hominick's long-time coach and friend, Shawn Tompkins, shortly after the Aldo loss, has affected his mental game inside the Octagon.
North Dakota's Pablo Garza is rarely in a boring fight, but he has also struggled to win consistently in the UFC. Despite an amazing pair of fights that saw "The Scarecrow" rack up consecutive knockout-of-the-night and submission-of-the-night bonuses (by flying knee and flying triangle choke), he lost his next two fights to Dustin Poirier and Dennis Bermudez, and now finds himself badly in need of a win.
The current UFC 154 card is after the jump:
-Georges St. Pierre vs. Carlos Condit (UFC welterweight title unification)
-Martin Kampmann vs. Johny Hendricks
-Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor
-Brendan Schaub vs. Lavar Johnson
-Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza