All Mark Hominick wanted was a chance. “The Machine” took advantage of his opportunity against UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 129, going five full rounds with “Scarface” earlier this year while absorbing a ton of damage from the Brazilian. And, though Hominick lost a decision, he still gained plenty of followers due to his willingness to fight on through pain against one of the best in the world.
Now, Hominick gets his chance to atone for his loss when he meets Chan Sung Jung at UFC 140 on December 10 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The bout is slated to be part of the main card, which features a UFC light heavyweight championship match between Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida.
It has been a long year for the Canadian, as he lost his trainer and long-time friend Shawn Tompkins this past August. This fight will be the first Hominick has had in several years without Tompkins directly in his corner.
“We’re going to miss his leadership and guidance. We’re trying to rally around each other but it’s going to be a big void without him,” said Hominick in an interview with Five Ounces of Pain recently. “I just want to go out there and destroy (Jung), and make a statement with the fight. I want to go out there and show the fans that I’m still here and that I’m going to be a contender in this division for a long time. I’m gonna climb my way back until I get a title shot and get the belt around my waist.”
Hominick had won five straight fights to receive his shot at Aldo, including two by submission and two more by TKO. His bout with Aldo earned “Fight of the Night” honors in April.
Both Hominick and Jung wanted this fight, as Jung took to Twitter to make his intentions of fighting Hominick known. “The Machine” had said he wanted to return at the next UFC card in Canada, and the rest was history.
“I wanted to fight a name fight and solidify my spot as a top contender,” Hominick said. “He comes to fight every time. This is going to be a fan friendly fight that we both wanted. He called me out first and I gladly accepted.”
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MMATraining Take: Hominick showed so much heart and determination in his loss to Aldo, and fighting in his home country of Canada will be enough to will him to the win. Hominick might never wear UFC gold, but he will be among the top of his weight class for years to come.