“I am prepared and ready to prove that I belong among the best in the world at 145lbs.”

These are the words of Mark “The Machine” Hominick, just 5 days away from the biggest fight of his career. Hominick will look to start Saturday night off with a bang, as he and Savant Young will be the first fight of Affliction’s historic inaugural card. Like every fighter before him, Hominick’s road has been long and winding. It has lead him to one of the biggest MMA stages in the history of the sport July 19th at the Honda Center. His task is simple. He will be fighting to prove that he is one of the world’s best at 145 lbs.

9 time TKO champion, Mark Hominick prepares for his Affliction: Banned! fight at Team Tompkins gymHominick, a Canadian kickboxing superstar compiled a Kickboxing record of 21-0 before turning to professional MMA. He quickly became the TKO 145 lbs champion and a call from the UFC followed shortly after. Mark moved up a weight class and was pitted against UFC star Yves Edwards. He was the underdog, but pulled off a triangle choke win. 3 months later Hominick defeated Rich Franklin’s BJJ coach Jorge Gurgel. His UFC record stood at 2-0.

Hominick became increasing frustrated at having to move up 10 lbs to fight in the UFC and his contract with Zuffa allowed him to fight at 145 lbs in the WEC, where their division was deep and strong. Mark fought twice in the WEC’s 145 lbs division over an 8 month span.

Despite almost knocking out both of his opponents, Mark vacated the Zuffa umbrella with a record of 2-2.

Hominick needed more challenges. He wanted to continue to fight the world’s best. He was given that chance. The young Canadian was courted by a significant number of organizations, and when the dust settled Mark had signed on to fight for Affliction. And they had big plans in store.

To prepare for Saturday’s fight, Mark split his time between two cities. His native city, London, Ontario, Canada at Team Tompkins, the legendary Canadian gym founded by striking Guru Shawn Tompkins which has produced some of the finest fighters in Canada, including Sam Stout and Chris Horodecki. The rest of his time was spent at Xtreme Couture in Toronto, Ontario, a brand new state of the art 33,000 sq feet facility in the heart downtown, where The Machine worked with Georges St. Pierre’s former wrestling coach.

A week away from the event, MMATraining.com caught up with the fighter who many have described as having the best technical stand up in all of MMA.

“I’m just ready to get in there and do it. Savant is a powerful guy and he’ll be coming down from 165 lbs. But I think he’s going to use that up in the first round and then I’m going to hurt him.”

Mark is appreciative of this opportunity and says he is “honoured to be a part of history with this event. Even though it’s based on Heavyweights, I’m going out there to steal the show. That’s the kind of intensity I want to bring to the ring. I want people to go home and remember my fight.”

Remembering a Mark Hominick fight is a given. He’s one of the most exciting young fighters in the game today. But his real mission Saturday night?  Will be to prove that The Machine is among the best in the world.