On the heels of three consecutive losses inside the Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 145-pound veteran Mark Hominick is in desperate need of a win at this weekend's (Nov. 17, 2012) UFC 154: "St. Pierre vs. Condit" pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Despite the fact that all three losses came to top-10 featherweight fighters, "The Machine" has his back against the wall and cannot afford another defeat. While Hominick stays modest and says he is equally motivated for every fight, there is no denying this next bout against Garza is particularly significant.
Check out what the Canadian had to say about his next fight and more:
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): I was just down at the bar eating dinner there and I saw you eyeing my cheeseburger. You ordered a salad with no seasoning, no dressing, is that your typical pre-fight meal?
Mark Hominick: Yeah, you know the last week making weight, it's obviously an issue for everybody and it's very strict, but again it's part of the job and hey, make sure you're on weight and you're healthy and you're well nourished.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): Is that typically what you would eat?
Mark Hominick: Yeah, you know you watch your carbs and your salt intake, just a lot of greens and very lean protein.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): You never have any trouble making weight, right?
Mark Hominick: No, I mean the older you get, the tougher it is and the more muscle you put on, obviously. But each time you learn and you get more experienced with it as well. So it could be easier at some points or tougher at some points.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): Pablo Garza, he's a tough guy with a lot of highlight reel finishes in the UFC. What do you think of him as an opponent?
Mark Hominick: He's a dangerous opponent with his height and his reach, but again, I want to go out there and show my experience. I want to go out there and show I'm one of the best in this division and the way I do that is I go out there and I win.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): You've fallen on some tough times of your own; coming off three straight losses, how important is this fight to the stability of your career?
Mark Hominick: I treat every fight as important, as a make-or-break for my career. It's not just because I'm coming off losses, I'm going to be more motivated, I feel that motivation and hunger and desire has never left me.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): So it's the same for every fight you'd say? Title fight, main card fight or preliminary fight?
Mark Hominick: Always. 100 percent. It doesn't matter if I was fighting (Jose) Aldo, George Roop, Pablo Garza, I'm always motivated for every fight.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): What do you think is the one thing in your game that's improved most from your last fight in April to now?
Mark Hominick: I think just going back to my roots. My kicking. I've focused so much on my boxing that I've got to incorporate my Thai boxing and you know, what brought me to the dance.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): He's a really tall fighter for the weight class; did you train differently for this fight than a regular opponent?
Mark Hominick: Yes, I've been bringing in guys over six-foot and I'm getting used to that height and length and reach advantage that he has.
Mike Bohn (MMAmania.com): Did you bring in any names that we would know?
Mark Hominick: No, none. All the guys at Adrenaline Training Center, Team Thompkins, Team Curran.
Mark Hominick: I think Georges is going to come back and show why he's the champion and re-solidify his spot at the top of the rankings.
Find out if his prediction comes true this Saturday night!
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the main card action on fight night (Sat., Nov. 17, 2012), which is slated to air at 10 p.m. ET on PPV. The latest quick updates of the live action will begin to flow earlier than that around 6:00 p.m. ET with the "Prelims" bouts on Facebook and FX Channel.
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