It was supposed to be Mark Hominick's emotional homecoming last night (December 10, 2011) when he stepped into the Octagon at UFC 140 against "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung in the opening bout of the main card.
Instead, he found himself on the receiving end of the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Hominick, who was coming off a gritty 25 minute "Fight of the Night"-winning affair against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo lasted just seven seconds before referee Herb Dean put a stop to it.
So what in the world happened? And where do both fighters go from here?
This may be the first time that an entire fight encapsulates the gif so don't blink.
Hominick opened with uncharacteristic aggression, exploding forward with a big lead left hook and apparently hoping to score a quick knockout.
Instead, when it missed, his head was left completely exposed and Jung was gifted an opportunity to throw the easiest counter in MMA history, sitting back on his punch and smashing Hominick with a straight right which sent him crashing to the canvas and in huge trouble.
All it took was three quick punches on the ground and "The Machine" had been terminated.
Not exactly what Hominick and his hometown contingent were expecting, that's for sure.
For Mark Hominick, this was his first fight not only since losing his featherweight title shot, but since head trainer and best friend Shawn Tompkins had passed away. Many wondered if the loss of Tompkins would have an effect on him and it looked like Hominick came out way too overzealous. He's usually a significantly more patient fighter, waiting to throw that powerful left hook until he's properly set it up but instead of threw it first and now you know what happened after that.
Hominick will learn from this and he'll come back and better and smarter fighter. Depending on how much the UFC is hoping for him to recover, he could face anyone next from Tyson Griffin, to Mackens Semerzier or perhaps the upcoming loser of the Diego Nunes vs. Manny Gamburyan bout.
For Chan Sung Jung, there's not much to say. This one was pretty much gift-wrapped for him with Hominick's unprecedented mistake. Credit to him for capitalizing on the situation and once again making history. First it was one of the best fights of all time against Leonard Garcia, then he scores the Submission of the Year and now he's got a UFC record-tying knockout. What can't he do?
"The Korean Zombie" will explode up the rankings with this victory and he'll definitely score a fight against some very important featherweights to perhaps get in title contention. The most obvious choice would be the winner of the upcoming Dustin Poirier vs. Erik Koch fight but other options include the winner of the upcoming Diego Nunes vs. Manny Gamburyan or perhaps Javier Vazquez. Either way, brace yourself for the upcoming Korean Zombie marketing apocalypse.
So what did you think, Maniacs?
Will Mark Hominick ever be the same fighter? Is Chan Sung Jung a credit title contender after that surprise stoppage?
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All gifs by Zombie Prophet via IronForgesIron.com.