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UFC on Fox 9: Wallets to fatten Sam Stout’s pockets; bonuses to fatten his wallet

Sam Stout knocks out Yves Edwards (Photo courtesy of Tracy Lee)

Sam Stout used wallets to fatten up, but now seeks a bonus to fatten his wallet.

Stout (Twitter: @SammyJstout) meets Cody McKenzie at UFC on Fox 9 on Dec. 14 at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., in a lightweight bout.  The match will mark the 17th time Stout has competed in the Octagon, but putting his skills on display on the grandest stage MMA has to offer isn’t where “Hand of Stone” always showcased his talents.

Stout was fortunate to be a frequent contender in TKO, an organization located in Quebec, when he first began making the crossover from kickboxing to MMA.  However, the Ontarian’s experiences when competing in kickboxing were not so glamorous as his intro to mixed martial arts.

“I remember having to do kickboxing shows, showing up and the guy was 20 pounds overweight,” Stout told Jason Kelly and Trevor Airdrie on MMA Cypher Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “One time I had to weigh-in for the fight and I had to put every guys’ wallet on the team in my pocket, and all their loose change just to make weight.  I had protein bars and power bars in there so the commission would let us do the fight.  I had, like, 15 wallets in my pockets.”

Stout has not competed outside of the UFC since January 2008.  Needless to say it’s been a number of years since the Team Tompkins product has been provided with nothing but top notch treatment when heading into battle.

Out of Stout’s 13 bouts outside the UFC, 11 of them were under the TKO banner.  TKO, where Stout remains the lightweight champion, was one of the few Canadian promotions that housed elite competitors, such as Georges St-Pierre, Mark Hominick, T.J. Grant and plenty more before the boom of the UFC caused for an influx in regional shows throughout central and eastern Canada.

Ontario, Stout’s home province, underwent a drought of MMA until recently when Substance Cage Combat and Provincial Fighting Championship filling the void.  Stout has been present at each of the organizations’ inaugural events and thinks taking a page out of TKO’s business model may the best idea to have continued success in these new promotions.

“It’s good to build local talent, but you’re not going to have local guys fighting local guys,” Stout explained.  “You want to have local guys and bring in out-of-town opponents for them.  That’s what people want to see, they want to see the home team against the away team.

“It’s kind of like what TKO had back in the old days with me and Hominick and GSP.  There were the staple guys, then the promoter would bring in guys from the U.S. or different parts of Canada to fight the guys who had a fan-following with the promotion.  I think that’s the way to put on a successful show.”

Stout has witnessed enough inside and outside of the cage to provide a valued opinion on MMA promoting, not that he intends on taking on that role in the future.  Stout can’t even say for sure if he will be involved in coaching or managing once his gloves are hung up either, as he said those occupations can be more difficult than fighting.

One thing he can clarify is his current field of employment and training, which took place with Mark DellaGrotte and in Las Vegas at Syndicate MMA, for the less experienced McKenzie has been great.

McKenzie, a combatant with about a third of the Octagon appearances as Stout, was not an easy opponent to get motivated for.  But one of the many things “Hands of Stone” learned in his years of competing in combat sports is to properly ready himself for each counterpart.

“At first glance you think, ‘This guy’s not that good,’ but the more I watched him and more homework I did on him, the more I realize how dangerous he is,” Stout said.  “He’s got a couple holes in his game, but he’s hard to train for.  He’s tall, he’s left-handed, he’s very unorthodox when it comes to standing and he’s very unorthodox when he’s on the ground.  He uses flexibility, his strength and his dexterity to put you situations most guys can’t put you in.  He’s actually a dangerous opponent, but I think I’ve done my homework and I’m going to be prepared for him.”

Being equipped for an opponent has never been a problem for Stout.  As a matter of fact, he often goes above and beyond what is expected and locks in an event bonus with an added monetary bonus, as he has done on seven occasions inside the Octagon.  However, with a flyweight championship tilt between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez, along with the other thrilling competitors on UFC on Fox 9, Stout will be hard pressed to collect a purse that exceeds show and win money.

“I’ve got my work cut out for me to win fight of the night,” Stout said.  “I’ve got one (knockout of the night) and I like those better.  They’re a lot easier on my body to get a quick finish than a 15-minute war.”

At the end of the day, a bonus of any kind makes for a fatter wallet.

UFC 165: Jesse Ronson gets UFC contract, plethora of new friends

Jesse Ronson (R) kicking Tony Hervey (L) at SFS 3

Along with a UFC contract, Jesse “The Body Snatcher” Ronson received an influx in friends.

Ronson (Twitter: @ronsoff), who trains primarily at Adrenaline Training Center in London, Ontario, graces the Octagon for the first time at UFC 165 on Sept. 21 in Toronto.  Stepping in for injured Mark Bocek, Ronson will meet fellow lightweight Michel Richard dos Prazeres in his UFC debut.

Since signing with the UFC, Ronson’s friend’s list has increased tenfold.

As with any newfound fortune or fame, you can bank on friends and family coming out of the woodwork.  In a city such as London, that has a population in the vicinity of 355,000 residents, news travels fast and locals take notice of one’s change in status.  Ronson’s level-headed demeanor assists him in warding off the leaches, although, he can’t help but chuckle at some of the people attempting to latch on to his coat tails.

“I hear people, like fans and stuff, when I’m out and it’s nice to have the support, but some people are popping up out of nowhere,” Ronson told MMADiehards.com.  “I have people contacting me on Facebook that I haven’t spoke to since high school, and I didn’t even speak to them in high school, and they’re like, ‘Hey, let’s get a beer or hang out or whatever.’  Even girls I tried to get with years back that wouldn’t speak to me are now asking me to hang out.  I’m just like, ‘Yeah, don’t I know your boyfriend?’  It’s funny.”

Ronson built his reputation in the Canadian MMA circuit, competing on regional shows throughout the country.  Along with the training at ATC, a gym owned by Mark Hominick, Sam Stout and Chris Horodecki, Ronson also prepares for bouts at Rory McDonell’s Para Bellum MMA and other Ontario based gyms.

After winning eight consecutive bouts, most recently a lightweight title match against Shane Campbell at AFC 19, Ronson was planning a stint in the WSOF.  But that didn’t last long.

“My manager called and told me I’m not fighting in WSOF,” Ronson said.  “I asked him why, and he said, ‘Because you’re fighting in the UFC on September 21.’  I was shocked, it was surreal, but I can’t explain how happy I was.  This is what I’ve always wanted and now I’m here.  It’s a great feeling.”

After the closure of the Score Fighting Series, Ronson, like many other Ontarian mixed martial artists, had a difficult time trying to find bouts without signing a long-term deal.  Ronson held out for a chance to compete in the UFC, which meant turning down various offers from other MMA promotions.  It was a lot of tough decisions, but having veterans like Hominick and Stout around him help Ronson in making the right career moves.

The experienced mixed martial artists Ronson surrounds himself with are also beneficial when he deals with his newfound fame and increase in media duties,

Hominick fought UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129, the organization’s grandest show to date, in the night’s co-main event.  The amount of media and fans that flocked to ATC to catch a glimpse of Hominick in his preparations for Aldo was massive and that’s something Ronson doesn’t know if he’s ready for quite yet.

“We had to lock the doors just to get some training done when (Mark) had that fight,” Ronson said.  “It was crazy, I couldn’t believe how many people would show up every day.  And Mark is a friendly guy so he tried to sign as many autographs as possible and answer everyone’s questions.  The gym was full of fans and media every single day before that fight.  I don’t know if I want to have to go through that.”

Well, Ronson may hope it doesn’t get that bad, but if his win streak continues in the UFC, he may have no choice other than going through it.  Friends and family included.

Video: Remembering Shawn Tompkins

"The Coach" Shawn Tompkins

 

Shawn Tompkins impacted the entire MMA community throughout his life, and his memory continues prominent throughout the sport.  In this video, via Inside MMA, Tompkins’ students, friends and family give some of their fondest thoughts of “The Coach.”

Sean Pierson: UFC combatant, SCC matchmaker, Kit Kat connoisseur

UFC welterweight and Substance Cage Combat matchmaker Sean Pierson. (photo courtesy of idomartialarts.com)

As a pioneer in Canadian MMA, Sean Pierson deserves a break after a tough-fought win and undertaking the role of matchmaker.

Pierson (Twitter: @seanpierson), a UFC welterweight riding a three-fight win streak, is coming off a majority decision victory over Kenny Robertson at UFC 161 on June 15.  While preparing for the bout, Pierson was also selected to assemble an MMA card for the inaugural Substance Cage Combat event taking place June 29 at the George Bell Arena in Toronto.

Though, Pierson is a longtime martial artist, a professional career in MMA on both sides of the cage was not his initial life trajectory.

“Fighting to me is like a hobby,” Pierson told Jason Kelly on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “I just fought for fun.  I never thought I’d be fighting as a career.  I got my university degree; I worked at Dell computers for 10 years.  I was working at Dell when I got the call from the UFC.  I just did this for fun, and then I started seeing some of my friends make money.  I was good friends with (UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre) for 12 years, I was friends with David Loiseau for 12 years, Mark Hominick, (Sam) Stout, I’ve known these guys since they started.  I was doing it before all of them.  I was one of the original Canadians.  So, I was like, ‘Let me try a few more fights.’

“It was the smaller circuit, and I remember Georges saying, ‘Come out (to Montreal), I want to help you train.’  He was really impressed and said, ‘I think you could do well in the UFC.’  That was just one of those motivating spots for me.  I went home, talked to my wife and we put  little game plan together where I was going to take this seriously for the next two or three years to see  what I could do.”

Two fights later, Pierson was in the UFC.

Pierson’s UFC debut resulted in a unanimous decision victory over Matt Riddle, but things went sour quickly.  Though, Pierson was honored to be fighting front of his hometown of Toronto and on the biggest UFC to date at UFC 129, he was unsuccessful in his second Octagon appearance, which was against Jake Ellenberger.  He then lost a decision to Kim Dong-Hyun at UFC 141 in December 2011.

Since suffering defeat to Dong-Hyun, Pierson has tallied up three straight victories.  The years of hard work are paying off for Pierson, but there was a time as an Ontario-based fighter, it was problematic for him to even find a place to compete due to the sport being illegal in the province.

“I could get fights in Montreal, but when TKO folded, they had XMMA,” Pierson said.  “XMMA wasn’t going to bring me in because they didn’t want me to beat their champ.  If they’re a French promotion, and this only makes sense in terms of money, if they have a fighter in Montreal that’s selling tickets, he’s flashy, he’s doing well; why are they going to possibly want to bring in an Ontario boy who’s not going to sell tickets for them, I can’t speak to the crowd in French, I’m not available for TV spots in different situations?  They don’t want me to come in and take that title.  I’m not saying they won’t let that happen, but it’s not always in the best nature of their business.”

Pierson could always understand a promotion’s stance on keeping the outsiders at bay, but now with his experience working for SCC, he fully comprehends the politics of it all.

“It doesn’t make sense to bring guys in from out of town,” Pierson said.  “There’s guys in B.C. that would love to fight on our card, but we can’t fly them all out here.  We’re a start-up promotion.  We’re not even paying most of the guys a lot of money.  This is basically for experience and exposure; we don’t have deep pocket books yet.  Hopefully this show (we) break even, next show we earn a little bit of money, but we have to build up to start paying fighters the way they deserve to be paid.  But unfortunately we have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is at the bottom.”

Pierson was the overseer of the bouts for SCC 1, but said he can’t deny the abundance of help he received from Alan Hagerman.  Pierson’s access to multiple fighters from different camps is what he brings to SCC matchmaking, and it is an asset he doesn’t mind sharing with the promotion as he is friends with the organization’s president and Grant’s MMA owner, Neil Forester.

One of the biggest issues Pierson found when pairing opponents is pleasing everyone involved.  The opponents and camps have to agree on each other, both combatants must be licensed and prepared to pass a medical examination, and the Ontario Athletic Commission has to agree on the match presented before them.  The OAC looks at potential bouts from a statistical point of view, whereas Pierson constructs matches from a different perspective.

“Let’s say both guys have (three) fights, they’re both 3-0,” Pierson explained.  “If one guy in all three (fights) goes the distance, then he’s got nine rounds under his belt.  And the other guy has tapped his opponent out in 12 seconds in each fight.  They might look at that and say, ‘We don’t like this match up because this guy’s got 45 minutes of Octagon experience, when this other guy doesn’t even have a minute yet.’  Even though they’re both 3-0 and they both look identical with three wins, they have different time amounts in the ring.  It’s just different little variations.”

Now that Pierson is coming off a victory, he isn’t in a dedicated training camp, the SCC 1 card is finalized and ready to be put on display, the UFC combatant can enjoy a ice cream delight, or even a tasty treat that asks you to have a break.

“I like to have a (McDonald’s) McFlurry, or those Dairy Queen Blizzards, the ice cream blends, I like those,” Pierson said.  “I’ve been eating whatever I want all week.  I’m on my diet, but not on it hardcore.  I have to be smart about it and when I want to indulge I can.  I like Kit Kat Crunchys, so I grabbed one of those today just after I got gas.  I was paying for my gas and it was looking at me.”

After a busy few months preparing for events in and outside of the cage most would agree with Kit Kat that Pierson should have a break.

Alex Gasson: When Shawn Tompkins labels you ‘Pecker,’ you roll with it

(R) Alex Gasson (L) Shawn Tompkins. (Photo courtesy of Alex Gasson)

Alex Gasson is so loyal to the moniker Shawn Tompkins gave him; he keeps it alive today through his company’s name.

Gasson (Twitter @Pecker17), Ontario grappling promoter and manager of Adrenaline Training Center in London, Ontario, is a longtime member of Team Tompkins.  He was brought up by Shawn Tompkins in same group and era as Mark Hominick, Sam Stout and Chris Horodecki.

Though, Gasson may not have the UFC notoriety such as Stout or Hominick, he does have his own place in combat sports.  Gasson’s company, Pecker‘d Promotions, has a plethora of professional services for martial artists and event coordinating.  Pecker’d Promotions is named after Gasson’s nickname, “Pecker,” which may seem like an odd handle and even stranger company appellation.  However, when that label stems from “The Coach,” it’s something you carry for life.

“Shawn (Tompkins) did have everything to do with naming me ‘Pecker,’” Gasson explained to Jason Kelly and Joe Rizzo on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “It’s a funny story.  It was Team Tompkins, it was old school.  We we’re driving to Iowa, it was kickboxing, we did a lot of IKS kickboxing circuits.  We’re ripping through, (Mark) Hominick is driving one van with seven fighters, I’m driving another van of like seven fighters and we’re ripping down.  Its 4 o’clock in the morning, we’ve been driving forever, so we’re speeding.  Hominick rips around passed me, cop catches him, pulls him down.  Well, we’re kind of together so I pulled over about a mile, mile and a half ahead.  Cop shows up, gives us a ticket as well, too.  I meet up with the guys and they’re like, ‘Oh, pecker.’  That’s where it started; pecker.  I was like, ‘What are you talking about, pecker?’  The cop made us pay this fine right then and there; otherwise we had to spend the night in the pecker.  He was referring to putting us in jail.  So, we all flipped.  It was 200-250 bucks per car we had to pay this cop.  We looked into it, it was all legal.  That’s how it all started.  Shawn was like, ‘You freaking pecker.’  It just stayed from there and I kind of went with it.  Plus, I had to go with it.  It’s Team Tompkins, if someone gives you a nickname and that was it, you have no choice.  You can’t choose your own nicknames because everybody would be like, “Thor” or “He-Man” or “Hercules” or “Snake Eyes,” you know?  Cool, cool stuff.  I got stuck with “Pecker,” so I’m rolling with it.”

Pecker’d Promotions is responsible for arranging grappling events in southern Ontario.  Gasson’s last function was December 2012, when Grapplers Quest took place in London, Ontario.

The show was a success, with 380 grapplers in competition.  Having Fear The Fighter as the grandmaster sponsor allowed victors to receive significant prizes, and fans to win giveaways.  Gasson said the level of competition was high, which made for some interesting matches, but the most fun he had all day was watching the kids do battle.

The highlight for Gasson at Grapplers Quest, though, was getting to unveil some new features.

“It was the first time ever had a tournament where all participants’ names were digitally recognized,” Gasson said.  “It was the first time we implemented a very professional look.  People got to see their names, the order of their matches, that sort of thing on TV screens.  There were monitors mounted on each mat, so that was really cool.  It was interesting to work with that.”

Always looking to move ahead, Gasson is embarking on his next grappling tournament.  On Feb. 24 at the Western Fair District Agriplex Building in London, Ontario, Pecker’d Promotions in association with Absolute Grappling Championship will put on the “32 Man Showdown.”

The “32 Man Show Down” will be Gasson’s fourth event of its kind, and the competition is stiff.  It’s an inexpensive show that is open to the public, which will display intense levels of grappling, but Gasson is anticipating another aspect the event offers.

“This is all about the entertainment factor of being a pugilist,” Gasson said.  “A pugilist is a fighter.  These MMA guys, when it boils down to it, you are an entertainer.  You can be the toughest guy in the world, but if nobody wants to watch you fight and nobody wants to pay for a ticket to go watch you fight, you’re not going to make any money out of it.  No promoter is going to bring you in.

“So, I’m trying to bring back the entertainment value of the sport.  We all love it, but a lot of guys don’t know you can have this tournament, and this guy that weighs 150 pounds is going in and a guy that weighs 400 pounds is going in and they’re going to end up having a match.”

While “Pecker” is constructing these elaborate grappling tourneys in the province of Ontario, he has an idea what the coach who gave him such a nickname is doing.

“God rest his soul,” Gasson said.  “”The Admiral,” he’s up above watches us crazy buggers keep this sport of MMA going.”

Mark Hominick: From Indiana to retirement

Mark Hominick, training at Adrenaline Training Center (Photo: mmadiehards.com)

Now retired, it’s amazing how things have changed since Mark Hominick stepped in the game.

A beloved fighter by Canadians and a respected mixed martial artist around the world, Hominick (Twitter: @MarkHomiick) announced he has endured his final training camp.  “The Machine” lost to Pablo Garza at UFC 154, which was his fourth consecutive setback and capped off a career that spanned over a decade and resulted in retirement.

Hominick is never one to approach a bout with any intention of losing, but in the back of his mind he knew that if he fell short against Garza it would be the end of competing in the cage.  Though, he had much success over the years, Hominick had to compare family life against MMA and swallow a hard truth.

“If I had to win I would’ve kept going,” Hominick told MMADiehards.com.  “That would prove that I could compete at the level I want to compete at and win.  I have a daughter and another one on the way, so I think with the sacrifices it takes for me to be at the level I expect from myself in the cage and what I expect from myself to give to my family don’t work together.

“Look back at my career and that five-fight win streak I had that got me that title shot against (Jose) Aldo, I was going to Vegas for eight weeks at a time.  I was travelling all over the place to train and to make sure I was training with the best.  That’s not to say the guys around me at my gym are not top notch, but you need to be with top guys that are helping you prepare to be a world champion.  In order to do that it just doesn’t work with the way my life is now.”

Hominick’s occupation may have been sacrificed in an effort to be a better family man, but that doesn’t mean he is not a martial artist anymore.

Martial arts, as many of us know, is a way of life.  To accomplish what Hominick has throughout his existence in martial arts stems from a lifelong dedication.  He’ll still be running drills with the team at Adrenaline Training Centre on a daily basis, coaching his students and representing Team Tompkins to the fullest because it’s a passion that motivates him.

“The only change in my career is that I won’t be competing,” Hominick said.  “This is my passion.  Anything that you’re driven by passion in your life, you can’t leave it and it can’t leave you.  I’ll give more effort to the gym and the guys around me, but it’s the competition side of it because I’m not doing this just to be a guy that competes in the UFC.  I expect myself to be a world champion.  I fought for 11 years professionally and everyone thinks because I’m 30-years-old, I’m young to be retiring, but I’ve been fighting professionally for 11 years.  Between my kickboxing and MMA career I’ve had over 60 bouts.”

Although, it was ultimately Hominick’s decision to walk away from the Octagon, he still took into consideration the opinions of family and colleagues.  In the end, though, he had to do what he believes is the right choice, and not stay in the sport in order to please anyone else.

“Sean Shelby, the matchmaker, said afterwards, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’” Hominick said.  “They know I’m a fighter that brings it, I’m an exciting fighter.  Especially in Canada, I’m a fan favorite.  But, that’s not why I got into this sport.  The last few years I have been competing to be a world champion.  I haven’t been competing to be a guy that just puts on exciting fights.  I feel my style caters to that because I take chances in fights and just my style in general.  But, again, that’s not why I got into this sport.  I got into this sport to be a world champion and with the way I’m competing now I can see the level of talent going up as opposed to myself.”

The new age of mixed martial artists is a different breed than fighters like Hominick that began competing prior to MMA’s explosion in popularity.  Fighters nowadays have more outlets to learn their craft as well as more knowledge on how to be a fine tuned athlete.  Furthermore, mixed martial artist today have more avenues to compete and gain exposure, as opposed to where Hominick started with his career.

“I remember one card was in Indiana,” Hominick said.  “We had about 10 guys that drove down in an eight person van.  Took about 10 hours to get down there.  We showed up at the weigh-ins, which was in a bar, and we were in the kitchen and got matched up by who looks like they weigh close to the same weight.  Some guys didn’t match up so you’re fighting guys that are 30 or 40 pounds heavier, but we loved it.  We drove home and the next weekend we did it again.  We did that from about the time I was 16-years-old and on.  I even remember Miguel Torres in some of those change rooms, so it’s nice to see guys still competing that were driven by MMA in the early days.  We were doing this before it was the cool thing to do.”

Hominick will remain busy, especially with the birth of his second child on deck, plus operating Adrenaline Training Centre and assisting his teammates when needed.  His face will still be seen at UFC events as a cornerman, but he is also looking to have another relevant role with the world’s premiere MMA organization.

“UFC Canada has been very important in my career so I would love to have a role within that,” Hominick said.  “I think I have a lot of options, but I have to sit back and see where my role fits best.”

As Hominick adapts to life outside the cage and finds his new role, fans will always remember his role as elite, exciting mixed martial artist that would drop and give a set of 10 push-ups after every outing.

UFC 154: Mark Hominick to get back to winning with old training partners and newish coaching staff

UFC featherweight Mark Hominick (Photo courtesy of sportsnet)

Down three going into the fourth, an addition to the coaching staff and Mark Hominick is prepared to get back in the win column.

Hominick (Twitter @MarkHominick) has come up short in his last three outings, but has the opportunity to get back to his winning ways on Nov. 17 at UFC 154 against Pablo Garza at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Hominick’s three losses in a row were against Jose Aldo in a title match at UFC 129, Chang Sung Jung in a bout that lasted seven seconds, and a “Fight of the Night” defeat against Eddie Yagin.  It’s not often a UFC fighter maintains employment with the promotion after dropping three matches consecutively, therefore, Hominick recognizes he is in a must win scenario when he meets Garza.

“I’ve been in these situations before and I feel I perform best when I am in these situations,” Hominick told Jason Kelly and guest co-host Michael Stets on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “The pressure is on.  But, when I break down the last three fights, (there’s Jose) Aldo, I took one of the best pound-for-pound to the limit, almost took his belt.  I feel like the “Korean Zombie” was a seven second mistake, and the last fight was a split decision.  I try to take the positive with the negative and they were all competitive fights except the “Zombie” fight.  I just have to get back on the winning track.”

It is rare a UFC combatant has a fourth chance to prove their worth, but Hominick is a valuable veteran in the sport.

Hominick is respected amongst his peers and “The Machine” said his support system spans outside the gym.  The former UFC featherweight No. 1 contender has compiled a large amount of fans during his 12 years as a prize fighter.  He said the response he receives from Twitter followers makes him believe his fans appreciate what Hominick does for them in the cage.

“I put on exciting fights,” Hominick said.  “Two of my last three fights were “Fight of the Night” and the “Korean Zombie” fight won a bonus as well, just in the opposite direction.  Those are the fighters they put on the pay-per-views.  The guys who lay it all on the line and I feel like I’m one of those guys.   That being said, I still feel like I’m amongst the top of the division so I have to go out there and prove that.”

Hominick debuted in the Octagon at UFC 58 in March 2006, and defeated Yves Edwards in the lightweight division.  The Canadian returned to MMA’s grand stage at “UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5” and conquered Jorge Gurgel, which was also in the lightweight division.

Hominick bailed on the UFC for other promotions until settling in with the WEC in order to compete in his proper weight class- the featherweight division.  He continued fighting at 145 pounds in the WEC until the Zuffa merged the two promotions, which is something all mixed martial artists didn’t opt to do.  Instead, fighters would compete above their weight class for the chance of showcasing their skills in the UFC and receiving a bigger payday plus recognition.

Nowadays, with the UFC having weight classes less than 155 pounds, combatants are attempting to fight in a lower weight division to ensure a size advantage.  Others drop a weight class to suit their proper division to compete in.  In either instance, Hominick welcomes all newcomers to the UFC featherweight division.

“I like it because it brings credibility to the weight class,” Hominick said.  “A lot of people know these guys’ names so it brings a lot more attention.  But again, you’re a fighter and you want to compete where you think you’re going to be a champion and where you’re going to perform best.  Sometimes it takes guys a little bouncing around to see where they’re at, but my whole career have been at 145 (pounds), aside from the two in the UFC when they didn’t have the featherweight division.”

Likewise to Hominick finding a home in the featherweight division, its well-known the Ontarian’s home gym is Adrenaline Training Center in London, Ontario.

ATC was created by Hominick, Sam Stout and Chris Horodecki – three of the late Shawn Tompkins’ focal students.  All three have evolved together and watched one another’s careers develop.   MMA has known the three to be inseparable, but recently they’ve each been branching out in their own directions, seeking instruction from sources outside the Canadian based gym.

“We’re not going anywhere,” Hominick said.  “The three of us own a gym and train day in and day out in London.  We all need a leader in that corner.  It’s about fining where you in best.  I made my decision first because I knew I was going to be with Jeff (Curran) because I’ve been training with Jeff since 2004.  I’m comfortable with him and he’s got a great team.

“Sam (Stout) has been with (Mark) DellaGrotte for a bit and Chris (Horodecki) went to Tristar and really liked training with them.  I think moving forward we have to go where we’re each comfortable, but we’re still a team.  We’re not going anywhere.”

Grapplers Quest returns on Dec. 1 in London, Ontario

Grapplers Quest returns to London, Ontario, on Dec. 1 at the Western Fair District in the Agriplex Building.

1. This event will showcase competition on 12 regulation mats with the best of North American Grappler’s coming to showcase their skills and claim Grapplers Quest North American Champion for 2012!!

2. All black-belt entries are covered!! That’s right black-belt practitioners receive free entry from our grand-master sponsor ‘FEAR THE FIGHTER’

3. Coaching is free and you will receive a free lunch!!

Win Belts, Medals, Certificates!!!

$500 CASH PRIZE giveaways for winners of the following categories:

Intermediate NOGI Absolute Champ- ‘Fear the Fighter’ presenting sponsor

Advanced NOGI Absolute Champ – ‘Street Soldier’ presenting Sponsor

Women’s Advanced NOGI Absolute Champ

Women’s BJJ Purple / Brown / Black Absolute Champ

Men’s BJJ Purple Belt Absolute Champ-‘Fear the Fighter’ presenting sponsor

Men’s BJJ Brown Belt Absolute Champ-‘Fear the Fighter’ presenting sponsor

Men’s BJJ Black Belt Absolute Champ-‘Fear the Fighter’ presenting sponsor

—Multiple product Giveaways from Sponsors at the event for online pre-registered athletes ONLY—You must pre-reg to be entered to WIN!!! Pre – Registry deadline is November 26 2012 12:00am Draws for all Pre-Registry prizes November 28th 12:00pm

—Sponsors will be giving away T-shirts, Kimono’s, Gear, Swag, Posters, Stickers, Equipment, Magazines and more…just got to be there to compete!!

Tournament Pricing:  $80 Pre Registry (Discount Ends November 26 12:00am) $20 extra divisions ***First 150 PAID pre-registry get free TAPOUT Event T-Shirt **Second 150 PAID Pre registry get free Designer Event T-Shirt***

Fans attending and competitors participating will also have the opportunity to come across UFC fighters, such as Sam Stout and Mark Hominick at the event.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you there!!! More tournament info and registration details @ WWW.GRAPPLINGONTARIO.COM WWW.PECKERD.COM WWW.GRAPPLERSQUEST.COM

MMA DieHards Radio: Ivan Menjivar, Mark Hominick, Douglas Lima

 

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MMA DieHards Radio is back, but with a twist in the booth.

This week, host Jason Kelly will be joined by former MMA DieHard and radio conglomerate Mike “Stets” Steczkowski.  As “Stets” holds down the booth with Kelly, they will be joined by a pair of UFC 154 standouts.

MMA DieHards Radio will first welcome Ivan “The Pride of El Salvador” Menjivar.  Menjivar takes on Azamat Gashimov at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Then, Kelly and “Stets” welcome Mark “The Machine” Hominick to the program.  The UFC featherweight and former No. 1 contender is approaching a bout against Pablo Garza at UFC 154.

Kelly and “Stets” will also recap the past week of MMA and preview the next.  Listen up, it’s about to get real!

Twitter MMA: Best of the Week for Sept. 16 – 23

 

Tom DeBlass ‏@TomDeBlass

@RenzoGracieBJJ I’d vote. pic.twitter.com/rL6SRw8T

Renzo_Gracie_BJJ ‏@RenzoGracieBJJ

@TomDeBlass to our friends everything, to our enemies not even the right to justice ;-) what is a vote when we live under this flag.. ;-)

Jeff Curran @BigFrogBJJ1m

Thanks to Master Pedro Sauer for the promotion to 3rd Degree Black Belt! 9 yrs a black belt.. time flies. @teamcurranmma#graciejiu-jitsu

Aaron Tru ‏@AaronTru

That’s too bad…was a rory macdonald fan until he was just spotted dressed as a hipster with horn rim glasses and skinny tie. #lame #nerd

Mark Hominick ‏@MarkHominick

I am sitting beside the American Michael Bisping look alike. @b_ray16http://yfrog.com/nxhwdnwj

Louis Gaudinot ‏@LouGaudinotUFC

Can’t wait to see the first flyweight championship fight in the #UFC ! By the end of 2013 I’ll be fighting in one of those! @danawhite

Joseph Benavidez @JoeJitsu

Great day to make dreams come true!! Let’s do this! #UFC152

Walel Watson ‏@135Gazelle

Well no one to blame but me! The camp was perfect! Diet,weightcut,hydration perfect! Just got too aggressive and got caught! Lesson learned!

Urijah Faber ‏@UrijahFaber

Congrats 2 @MightyMouseUFC gr8 performance! @JoeJitsu proud of you, at 1st u don’t succeed try try again :)

Ian McCall ‏@Unclecreepymma

@MightyMouseUFC congrats tonight … I’m coming for you and hells coming with me #ugctt

Ulysses Gomez ‏@uselessgomez

I got an idea, the next season of TUF needs to get creepy. How about@MightyMouseUFC and @Unclecreepymma as the coaches? What say you? @ufc

Ben Askren ‏@Benaskren

@CrooklynMMA these little guys don’t hit hard enough to hurt each other, I think they should get bass knuckles or something

juniorcigano ‏@junior_cigano

Well Jon Jones proves one more time he is a great fighter and very smart. He looked great in the fight. It had good fights tonight I like it

The Iron Sheik ‏@the_ironsheik

The Jon jones impress me big time tonight. He not like the garbage man ultimate warrior. He real black man ready for fight

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