UFC featherweight Mark Hominick talked to MMADieHards.com about the past, present and future of his gym, Adrenaline Training Center, in London, Ontario.
UFC featherweight Mark Hominick talked to MMADieHards.com about the past, present and future of his gym, Adrenaline Training Center, in London, Ontario.
UFC lightweight Sam Stout and his team have been in search of the right man for the job since the passing of their head trainer Shawn Tompkins in August 2011, and the Canadian has finally found a suitable replacement.
Stout (Twitter: @SammyJstout) defeated Spencer Fisher at UFC on FX 4 in an bout that finalized a trilogy between the two 155-pound combatants. Stout was victorious in two of their three meetings and he dubbed the bouts as one of the defining moments of his career.
Stout beat Fisher, but not in the typical fashion a Team Tompkins competitor does. The Canadian sprinkled in takedowns with his lethal kickboxing, something not often seen from the mixed martial artists that belong to the Adrenaline camp. Stout accepted that his style of competing may have become predictable, therefore a change was in order heading into the third contest against Fisher.
And the change that it is here to stay.
“I can’t get away with being so one dimensional anymore,” Stout told MMADieHards.com. “My wrestling and takedown defense has always been good, and really, I’ve always had those takedowns in my back pocket. It’s just been a mental block for me to not go out and use them. Having a fight where I go out there and take someone down a few times is a big step for me and now I’m not going to feel awkward doing it. I’m not going to hesitate as much when I see an opening for a takedown, I’m just going to make it part of my game plan in every fight. That way I’m a lot more difficult to train for.”
Though, Stout has an adequate wrestling pedigree, his jiu-jitsu skills are on par with his colleagues, as well. Fans won’t see Stout in the ADCC’s any time soon, but that does not mean he lacks submission offense and defense.
It’s just the attire worn by a traditional jiu-jitsu player that makes him avoid the BJJ gyms and acquire a belt in the martial art.
“No way, to get a belt you got to have a Gi,” Stout said. “I’ve never worn a Gi in my life. It’s something I’ve thought about, but I’m more of a no Gi kind of guy. I don’t really need a belt to be confident. I think about it sometimes, but I’ve never actually taken the steps to do it.”
The victory over Fisher marked the first win from the Adrenaline team since the passing of Tompkins.
Tompkins’ main three guys are Stout, UFC featherweight Mark Hominick and Bellator lightweight Chris Horodecki. None of them have won a fight since the demise of their late coach, and Stout picking up the first victory since the tragic loss of Tompkins has boosted the morale in the gym.
“It was on all of our minds,” Stout said. “There was a rough streak between Shawn’s three core guys – Me, Mark and Chris- and nobody has won since he passed, so it was definitely getting a little stressful on us. Everyone was happy that I got the first one and they both acknowledged it to me that it was nice to get this first one out of the way. It takes a little heat off us.
“It was a matter of us finding a new rhythm without Shawn there, so I think that was an important win for all of us.”
Stout’s rhythm was found through his training partners and a new cornerman.
Stout trains daily with Hominick, Horodecki and the other formidable combatants at Adrenaline in London, Ontario. However, there are a few people that stand out in his preparations for his bout at UFC on FX 4. Carter Walls, who Stout credits for his superb strength and conditioning, Alex Gasson provided pad work for the UFC lightweight, Clint Kingsbury assisted in the wrestling department, and Roland Cunningham worked with him on his BJJ skills.
The biggest adjustment and improvement, Stout admitted, came from his new cornerman.
“With Mark DellaGrotte in my corner for that last fight it was a big confidence boost,” Stout said. “I think that’s all it is. It’s just finding that confidence that Shawn used to give us, but with a new coaching staff.
“Me and DellaGrotte have been friends for a while. I think the reason I was looking at him for a new trainer is because he and Shawn kind of have a similar style. They use a lot of similar techniques and they both come from similar backgrounds, so I thought it might be an easier transition to work with him and it was. He’s got some new tricks to teach me and I look forward to getting more time in with him. For that fight me and him worked together for not even a full week, so imagine what we could do with a full training camp. When you think about what me and him could do in a full camp together, people need to start worrying about me.”
Even though Stout has the momentum behind him from defeating Fisher, he doesn’t plan to head back into battle soon.
There is an event scheduled in Toronto, UFC 152, on Sept. 22. The city is about two hours from Stout’s hometown of London, Ontario. Nonetheless, the Canadian will not be looking to compete on that card. He is going to wait it out and attempt to get a slot on the following Canadian UFC card.
Stout is not neglecting the opportunity to compete, but would rather heal his injuries in the proper manner before testing his mettle again.
“I’ll probably try to get on the Montreal card in November,” Stout said. “I’ve been fighting for a long time now and injuries are starting to catch up with me. I like to give myself some time in between (fights). I like to give my head a break. I don’t spar for a month after a fight, I don’t do any contact training, but I might do some grappling a little bit. I often hear about people back in the gym the Monday after a fight and they’re not always doing themselves a favor.”
As anxious as Stout is to get back into the cage, his summer is already filled up with plans.
On Aug. 26 Stout will take part in the Tompkins Memorial Golf Tournament at the Fire Rock Golf Club in Komoka, Ontario. The affair is open to anyone who would like to play and information can be found at Adrenaline. A large portion of the proceeds will be donated to charities that Tompkins was affiliated with, as well as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as a heart condition is what was responsible for the taking of Tompkins’ life.
Stout will always be a Team Tompkins fighter, through and through, but his career must continue. The unfortunate loss of his coach has sparked Stout to find a new coach, and he is confident that cornerman has arrived.
“Having Mark DellaGrotte in my corner was a big help,” Stout said. “He was the right man for the job.”
UFC 145 ended a long draught for the world’s premiere fight league by delivering a PPV of solid action headlined by a blood feud between two former friends.
Mark Bocek and John Alessio kick things off with a lopsided affair where Bocek smothered Alessio with his superior ground game. Bocek rinsed and repeated during the next round, with Alessio powerless to stop him. In round three, Bocek gets Alessio’s back, remaining dominant until he ekes out a unanimous decision win.
Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin strikes next, with Yagin going big only to go home when splitting Hominick’s left eye doesn’t do anything. Hominick finds his range in round two, only for Yagin to drop him and lose control when the two begin trading strikes on the feet. Hominick goes for a home run after that, striking hard whenever he can, only for Yagin to survive before winning by split decision.
Michael McDonald clashes with Miguel Torres next, the two trading fierce combos before McDonald fells Torres. Once he downs him, he sends him to dreamland ASAP in round one.
“I can finally eat some pizza and ice cream.” McDonald joked. “It’s a party here tonight but not with alcohol.”
Ben Rothwell and Brandon Schaub blast off next, Schaub goes for the kill only for Rothwell to flatten him with a hook and wreck him with ground and pound. It’s over so fast, it almost doesn’t register Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills is next.
When it happens, MacDonald takes down Mills after a brief moment of indecision and proceeds to rearrange his face with all manner of striking. Though Mills survives, he gives up his back in round two and MacDonald murders him with grounded strikes for the win.
After a long wait, Jon Jones and Rashad Evans deliver on their grudge match in the main event. The two trade hard strikes in the first round before Jones gets an advantage in round two with elbow strikes. Both men survive the round before trading blows in battle three with no clear victor emerging. Jones toys with Evans for a round just because he can. After that, he goes all out in the last minute but can’t finish Evans. It doesn’t matter though – Jones wins again by unanimous decision.
MMA DieHards is back with another session of Counterpunch, taking on UFC 145, which takes place Saturday at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Ga.
UFC 145 features a light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans. Canadian rising star Rory MacDonald taking on Che Mills, Brendan Schaub meets Ben Rothwell, and Mark Hominick will try to snap a two fight losing skid when he faces Eddie Yagin.
MMADieHards.com put together a team of our finest writers to bring you Counterpunch for the event. The group independently makes its selections for each fight. Minority picks will be defended by one of the panelists making that selection.
Joining us this week will be Robert G. Reynolds, Joe Rizzo, Michael Stets, Mark Hensch and Jason Kelly.
Rory MacDonald, Brendan Schaub, Mark Hominick, Mark Bocek and Maximo Blanco are not covered below, as they were unanimously selected.
Below we list the match, the fighter being defended and the author of the defence.
Chris Clements vs. Keith Wisniewski
Defending Clements: Robert G. Reynolds
First and foremost, I’m slightly bias towards Clements because he is a local fighter from the Adrenaline Training Centre, which is home of featherweight fighter Mark Hominick.
This is to be Clements inaugural performance with the UFC and is guaranteed to be a barnburner. The Canadian is set to face Wisniewski, who fell short in his first appearance with the organization. Clements has yet to hear what the judges think of his fighting skills and I would expect much of the same here.
All 10 of Clements’ victories have come by way of TKO and the same can be anticipated tonight. With Hominick on the same card and in the back with Clements, it makes for a more natural environment for the new employee.
I’m looking for a flashy, jaw-dropping finish by Clements to end this bout midway through the second round; watch for it.
Mac Danzig vs. Efrain Escudero
Defending Escudero: Mark Hensch
Danzig vs. Escudero is a battle between two former “Ultimate Fighter” winners who are well-rounded. Of the two, I think Escudero can squeak out a win here given his strong submission game and his history as a wrestler. Though Danzig has solid skills in those areas, his UFC record has a few notable instances were people outclassed him on the mat. As a submission-savvy wrestler, Escudero will have Danzig on his toes the whole match. Should he overreach, this is Escudero’s win for the taking.
Anthony Njokuani vs. John Makdessi
Defending Njokuani: Joe Rizzo
Njokuani has gone from perpetual favorite to mercurial underdog and back to the favorite. The majority of my colleagues opted for Makdessi, who is the betting underdog in this fight. Makdessi criticized Dennis Hallman for missing weight well after losing to him in his last outing, then Makdessi went and did what Hallman did – hit the scales at 158 pounds for a lightweight fight. There was no such drama for Njokuani, who is 1-2 since the WEC merged into the UFC. Those defeats were razor-thin losses to the highly regarded Edson Barboza, who got the decision edge in an epic battle by landing a head kick near the final bell, and to rising contender Danny Castillo, by split decision. Makdessi was exposed when moving up in class against Hallman, and will come up short against Njokuani.
Matt Brown vs. Stephen Thompson
Defending Brown: Robert G. Reynolds
Over the last two years Brown has compiled a questionable 2-4 record, but with his knockout win over Chris Cope at UFC 143, I believe that things are about to change.
Brown’s next fight against Thompson – believe it or not – plays in his favor. Nine of “Immortal’s” 11 losses have come by way of submission and he has yet to lose via (T)KO. Thompson is a fighter that has predominantly trained in the striking arts of Kenpo Karate and kickboxing, which leads me to think that this scrap isn’t going to the mat.
Having said that, the stars are going to be in line come Saturday night and Brown will take advantage of the timing. I don’t see either fighter finishing the bout, but I do predict Brown winning the fight via unanimous decision.
Chad Griggs vs. Travis Browne
Defending Griggs: Michael Stets
He sport’s a mean set of sideburns, and his nickname is “The Grave Digger,” need I say more why I’m going with Griggs over Browne. My reasoning is simple, both fighters have numerous KO’s and TKO’s on their resume. Which means this fight isn’t going to the ground, or past the first round either. Griggs has dynamite in both of his hands, and will put Browne out via TKO Round 1.
Miguel Torres vs. Michael McDonald
Defending Torres: Mark Hensch
This looks like a competitive fight on paper, but I’m surprised I’m the only one picking Torres here. There’s no denying McDonald is a talented bantamweight and a rising division project, but Torres is easily a top ten fighter in the weight class. For all of McDonald’s potential, Torres has him outclassed.
Torres has won 40 official (and more unofficial) victories in his career. Despite such seasoning, he’s in his early 30s and still going strong. He’ll turn McDonald’s body and head to paste with his Muay Thai, and when it comes to ground game, Torres learned BJJ under a Gracie. It doesn’t get better than that. Some say McDonald can pull a Demetrious Johnson and decision Torres here, but I’m not buying it. Even if it goes that far, Torres is more versatile and experienced. It’ll give him the edge here.
Rashad Evans vs. Jon Jones
Defending Evans: Michael Stets
Everyone seems to be leaning towards Jones, maybe it’s just my nature to go against the grain, but here is my reasoning behind picking Evans.
While I don’t think he will necessarily get “Bones” to skip to his lou like he said, he will be one of the first to not allow him to dictate where the fight will take place. Evans’ hands are fast enough to connect, and strong enough to end Jones’ night. Evans is easily the best wrestler he’s ever faced, and Jones’ strength is the Greco and clinch area. Evans will put him on his back, where he has excellent pressure and control from there. The Ultimate Fighter season 2 winner will not stay outside and get picked apart, he will move in and out, and score some take downs. He will not finish Jones but he will frustrate him, and hit him more than anyone else has in the past. “Suga” won’t be intimidated, and will have an excellent game plan. Evans wins by unanimous decision.
Former UFC featherweight No. 1 contender Mark Hominick talks to MMADieHards.com about loss to Korean Zombie, and upcoming UFC 145 bout against Eddie Yagin.
Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 58
The best way to cap off a Bellator season tournament is with a candidate for fight of the year honors.
When Chandler jumped in the cage to take a shot at Alvarez’s title, he was anything but intimated staring across at the lightweight champ with the home town, Philadelphia crowd behind him. This was evident with the quick knock down that almost ended the night early for Alvarez.
But, typical of Alvarez, he made an amazing recovery to put his challenger back on his heels. With the momentum dramatically swaying back and forth, both fighters appeared to have the victory within their grasps as the rounds progressed.
Unfortunately for Alvarez, the fight came to an end midway through the fourth round when he succumbed to Chandler’s rear-naked choke, crowning the undefeated fighter- the new Bellator lightweight champ.
Fortunately for the fans, we have a fight to remember.
Immediately following the broadcast of Bellator 58, fans were treated to another event; UFC 139. While there was no
title on the line for this show, the main event between ‘Shogun’ and Henderson had the makings of an old school Pride Fighting Championship brawl; minus the soccer kicks to the head.
Both Henderson and Rua exhausted themselves in a five-round slug fest that left both fighters wilted. Almost unable to stand for the judges’ decision, Henderson was favored unanimously to take the tough-fought win.
With the UFC making their inaugural appearance with a record crowd in Toronto, Canada, Hominick and Aldo helped to make it a night to remember. Aldo started out the fight with a dominant display of striking, but appeared to run his tank empty and started to slow.
Even with the large hematoma on Hominick’s head, he persevered to take the champ to the end of the fifth round. Ultimately, Aldo defeated Hominick via unanimous judges’ decision, but they were both honored with a fight of the night bonus.
Both Diaz and Daley came in to this fight with something to prove: Who could talk-the-talk and walk-the-walk.
With Daley landing the early power punches that appeared to have Diaz on wobbly legs, the impeccable recovery skills of the Cesar Gracie trained fighter extended the bout.
The beating continued when a combination of punches had Diaz laying face down, which appeared to be the end of the night.
However, Diaz miraculously recovered and served Daley a technical knockout with three seconds left in the first round.
Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle at UFC on Versus 5
How could we turn the lights out on Lytle?
Lytle has been one of the most exciting UFC fighters to enter the octagon. Always looking to put on a great performance for the fans first, this has led Lytle to being a successful professional fighter.
The majority of this bout with Hardy was a stand up war, mimicking a game of rockem sockem robots. When Hardy could not take any more of the onslaught, he dropped for a rare takedown in the third round, which landed him in the tight guillotine of Lytle. The end result was a submission victory for Lytle.
Lytle may have turned the lights off of his career after this bout, but is now following the light with the new 2012 Softail Blackline from Harley Davidson for his performance.