Posts Tagged ‘Mark Hominick’
“It’s cool that I get to do something that I love doing and make a living off of it.”
- Daniel “Ninja” Roberts admitted on Punch Drunk Radio that he is content with his career choice.
“I was really surprised by the third one. I felt like I was going to keep slamming him until the end of the round.”
- Rory MacDonald said in a post-fight interview that he surprised himself by continuously slamming Nate Diaz during their bout at UFC 129.
“Machida is like a son to me. We worked hard on that kick and I really wanted him to do that kick. He wanted to do it and he knew he could, and he did.”
– Steven Seagal informed Ariel Helwani that he wanted Lyoto Machida to utilize the front kick that knocked out Randy Couture, at UFC 129.
“I think the last time we had this conversation I had all my teeth.”
– Couture confirms with Joe Rogan that Machida kicked out of The Natural’s teeth in their bout at UFC 129.
“Jake is an amazing fighter, he’s much better than I thought. I give him props.”
- Georges St-Pierre confesses that he underestimated Jake Shields, in the champ’s after fight speech.
“I cannot see with my left eye right now. It’s very blurred. I am going to have to go to the hospital.”
–St-Pierre told Rogan he suffered an eye injury in the second round of his title defense match against Shields.
“Hey everybody, leaving the hospital soon, just finished all my eye tests, I still don’t see anything from my left eye but I’ll be (fine). Thanks for the support!!”
– St-Pierre tweeted shortly after his victory against Shields.
“I hope I didn’t put you into labor, I hope you’re OK.”
– Mark Hominick said to his wife, from the Octagon, after a five-round war with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
“@josealdojunior Round 6?”
– Hominick tweeted to Aldo after their crowd-pleasing battle.
“To go out to that ovation was pretty special.”
- Couture said in a post-fight interview at UFC 129, after receiving a heartfelt goodbye from the audience at Rogers Centre.
On a night when the champions retained their titles, Georges St-Pierre showed his ability to focus, even with just one eye, while Jose Aldo had to hold off 55,000 and one people trying to get him to yield his belt.
St-Pierre’s streak of consecutive rounds won came to an end but he held off Jake Shields to win a unanimous decision at retain his welterweight belt Saturday in Toronto’s Rogers Centre at UFC 129. Aldo racked up an early lead against Mark Hominick to defend his featherweight title, but by the end of the fight was on his back, doing his best to hold off the Canadian’s hard charge, spurred on by 55,000 screaming fans.
The vision in St. Pierre’s left eye was compromised in the second round, but fortunately no one from the commission ever asked him about it. He fought on, thwarting Shields’ takedown attempts with relative ease and peppering him with a jab for the first three rounds.
Shields was able to somewhat turn the tide over the final two frames as St-Pierre clearly was bothered by his lack of vision and, later, a face that was bloodied from Shields’ striking. Shields actually won a pair of rounds from St-Pierre in the eyes of two of the judges, who scored him a 48-47 loser. The other card was 50-45 for the Canadian St-Pierre.
“It was the second round. I think it got scratched or something,” St-Pierre said. “I cannot see with my left eye right now. It’s very blurred. I am going to have to go to the hospital.”
It was clear heading into the fight that Shields’ best chance to win was by putting St-Pierre on the ground, and the champion used his great wrestling to avert the mat. Shields’ boxing became more and more effective as the fight wore on, and it surprised St-Pierre.
“His striking was much better than I expected,” St-Pierre said. “I was expecting to beat him more standing, and then put him on the ground later in the round. I wanted to make a better performance. Jake is an amazing fighter, he’s much better than I thought. I give him props.”
With Shields, a former champion at welterweight in EliteXC and at middleweight in Strikeforce, now history, all the talk about St-Pierre’s next opponent will turn to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva will fight Yushin Okami when the UFC goes to Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 27, but after that, St-Pierre might lay in waiting.
“We’ll see. I have not considered anything yet,” St-Pierre said. “Going up in weight class would reconsider my whole career. Maybe there are other ways to do things. We’ll sit down and talk.”
Aldo built up an early lead then held on as Hominick rallied behind his opponent’s adoring crowd.
Aldo won a unanimous decision but found himself in the unlikely position of fighting off his back as Hominick worked a ground-and-pound fueled by the massive Canadian crowd. Hominick was able to survive numerous looks by referee John McCarthy and the ringside physician at a tremendous contusion that went from his right eyebrow to his hairline. He kept pushing, despite being badly bloodied about the left cheek, and nearly got in enough blows to finish Aldo, who could do no more than slow Hominick with wrist control for the final few minutes.
“Congrats to Mark Hominick, he is a hell of a fighter,” Aldo said through an interpreter. “I knew he had great standup skills, but I came very prepared with my Muay Thai. The weight cut was as usual, but because I had some time off, I had put a lot more muscle on, so I had to adapt.”
Aldo, despite looking gassed in the final few minutes, matched Hominick’s traditional post-fight regimen of push-ups. Meanwhile Hominick found fault with his effort which, if nothing else, left no doubt about his heart and gas tank.
Hominick’s wife is due with the couple’s first child, a daughter, this week.
“I hope I didn’t put you into labor, I hope you’re OK,” he said to his wife. “I’d like to thank John McCarthy for not stopping the fight. I was never giving up.”
With no quit, Hominick nearly pulled off the miraculous finish, spurred on by a record crowd more than twice as big as any in UFC history.
“I didn’t throw enough combinations,” said Hominick. “I was throwing single shots. I let him get one up on me, and I was worried about the takedowns too much. I could have attacked more on the ground. I fought hard for you guys.”
Taking into account Mark Hominick’s work ethic, determination and all the victories he has piled up, the UFC featherweight contender admits that the opportunity standing before him is like nothing he has seen before.
“This is something I’ve definitely never experienced in my life,” Hominick admitted during a UFC 129 conference call. “My life flipped upside down. I’m going into my 10th year fighting professionally, and it feels like I’m an overnight success. There’s so much anticipation for the show and so much support from the media. This whole event has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s been crazy, and I’m really trying to enjoy the ride.”
The ride not only has taken Hominick to a title shot, but also granted him special-guest status at a Toronto Blue Jays game. “The Machine” threw out the first pitch at the Jays’ game against the Tampa Bay Rays at The Rogers Centre, where he will try to take Jose Aldo’s title on Saturday.
“(UFC 129) is such a huge event for Canada and for Ontario,” Hominick stated. “The Rogers Centre is such an iconic piece and to throw a pitch out there is a memorable one.”
Hominick, an Ontario native, is mindful of the pressure of facing the likes of Aldo and the pleasure of partaking in such an event. He also has a pregnant wife to make life more stressful – and joyous.
“Its overwhelming, but I have a busy schedule,” Hominick explained. “I delegate myself to following a straight guideline. I live in a small town and my mom lives around the corner, grandma lives around the other corner, my sister lives around the other corner, so I’ve got a strong support system. Everyone’s there and everyone’s rooting for me for the fight. They’ve really stepped up. The people at the gym and everyone in my life know the opportunity that’s in front of me. It’s been a huge support system to have behind me.”
In addition to everything else, a strong support system is needed when challenging a fighter like Aldo. The Brazilian is considered by many to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world and his destruction of opponents is second to none, within his weight division. However, if there is someone with the skill set to beat Aldo, it might be Hominick.
Hominick’s crisp, pin-point striking, along with his tremendous footwork and impeccable head movement he learned training under the tutelage of coach Shawn Tompkins since the beginning of his career, is something Aldo has never experienced. The UFC champ should not be able to pick apart Hominick the way he has previous opponents. While “The Machine” recognizes the threat Aldo is as a fighter and he commends the Blackhouse standout for all his accomplishments, Hominick nevertheless feels confident he can win the fight.
“Jose is one of these fighters (that’s) not dangerous in one area, he’s dangerous in every area.” Hominick explained. “It’s not like you bring in a certain sparring partner, you bring in the best in every aspect. The stand-up, the clinch, the ground … I have to make sure I‘m sparring with the best capable guys in every aspect, not just a one-dimensional fighter.
“Everyone goes in there so intimated by what he’s doing and I think I’m going to be the one guy that takes a step forward instead of backward against him. He’s well-deserving of being pound-for-pound king and one of the best in the weight class. But, I’m going to go out there (to) fight my fight, and that’s the biggest thing.”
Hominick paid his dues and climbed the ladder to success, now he finds himself participating in the largest UFC event in the history of the promotion, not to mention the biggest MMA event ever in North America. The former TKO featherweight champ is excited for the chance to fight in Toronto, just as much as he is for the memories it will leave with him.
“I’m just trying to take it all in,” said Hominick. “This is an experience I’ll look back on and say, ‘Wow, this was a crazy time.’ Especially with my wife being due within a week of the fight. There’s going to be no other time in my life that’s going to be this busy, this hectic and this much build-up.
“”I’m just ready to go for April 30 and take in all that momentum and carry it into the cage.”
Aldo may be the favorite on the gambling front, but inside the Rogers Centre on Saturday, there will be thousands of Canadian fans screaming for their countryman to win. Hominick has reached a milestone in his career and is enjoying the ride, but with a victory at UFC 129, the ride may just have begun.