December 17, 2012, 11:27 PM
Newly retired UFC featherweight Mark Hominick shares his most memorable moments as an MMA fighter.
UFC 58, Las Vegas, March 4, 2006
In his first fight in the UFC against Yves Edwards, he submitted the veteran by second-round triangle arm bar.
“That was a moment that was a pinnacle goal at that point (in my career), to make it to the UFC. I remember I was in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay (Events Center) getting ready to fight on pay-per-view and getting ready and looking around and thought ‘alright I’ve reached it. I’ve reached my goal here,’ and at that point it was my goal and it was years of hard work to get to that point.”
WEC 49, Edmonton, June 20, 2010
In the first WEC event in Canada, Mark Hominick battled Yves Jabouin in an all-Canadian duel, with Hominick winning by second-round TKO.
“The Canadian pride is definitely huge for myself and it was a big motivator in my career. That was a fight that was supposed to happen for almost six years over the course of our careers. Our paths were supposed to meet and then we had that moment in the WEC — the biggest organization in the world at that time for featherweights — on live TV. It was almost like the Canadian championship. It was a pretty special moment. We put on a fight that was one of the best fights of the year. That was sort of the start of the climb to the title and it put myself on the map again to show what kind of fighter, man and athlete I was.”
UFC 129, Toronto’s Rogers Centre, April 30, 2011
In his first fight in his home province, he rallied against featherweight champion Jose Aldo to almost stop him in the fifth round while his Canadian fans were screaming for him. People will also never forget the huge hematoma on his head from the early rounds that almost led to the bout being halted, but he battled on.
“UFC 129 was the pinnacle of my career and the culmination of the last 16 years.”