Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
In the opening bout of the UFC 154 main card, Pablo Garza survived a close call in the first round to grind out a unanimous decision victory over former title challenger Mark Hominick. The story of the fight was Garza's wrestling and top control, which he used to perfection to take the last two rounds. Hominick dropped him with a body shot and almost got the finish in the first, but was turned into a bloody mess at the hands of Garza by the end of the fifteen minutes. The scores were 29-27, 30-26, and 29-28.
Garza improved to 3-2 in the UFC with the win, which broke a two-fight losing streak. Hominick has now dropped four straight and is 3-4 in the UFC overall (over two stints). It's possible that Hominick might retire after the loss, but that's still up in the air.
What was the high point of the fight?
The body shot that almost finished Garza, or Garza's crazy jumping spin kick that he tried in the second round.
Where do they go from here?
Garza will move up in the division with the win over Hominick, even though The Machine is clearly on the downside of his career. I would like to see Garza face off with Robert Peralta, but he might get someone with a more even record in the UFC instead.
Hominick might retire. Normally a fighter would be getting his walking papers after four straight losses, but Dana White said that Hominick always brings it and it sounded like they'd give him another chance if he wanted it. I'm not sure who he could face if he did continue to fight, but I hope it's a grappler.
Watch now, later, or never?
I'd say now. The first round was great, and while the second two were much more measured, it still wasn't boring.