After taking UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo to the limit in a five round war at UFC 129 last April, "The Machine" looked to rebound from the unanimous decision loss eight months later when he stepped inside the Octagon against Chan Sung Jung at UFC 140.
Unfortunately, "The Korean Zombie" had his own ax to grind -- and that spelled bad news for Hominick. Jung blasted the hometown favorite with a nice right hand that sent him crashing to the canvas, and after a few follow up punches, the referee was stepping in to save Hominick from further damage.
The whole fight lasted a mere seven seconds and marked the second time the Canadian suffered defeat in his home Province of Ontario. Now, Mark will look to prolong his career in the UFC as he takes on Eddie Yagin next weekend (April 21, 2012) at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Speaking to the QMI Agency via The Toronto Sun, Hominick discusses what went wrong in his seven second beat down at the hands of Jung and looks forward to putting on a "Fight of the Night" performance in the "ATL."
Check it out:
"In the warm up, I just started getting fired up. I was laying good punches in the warm up on the pads and then I started thinking I was going to come out with a big left hook. It was just so out of character for me. Instead of going with the flow and kind of seeing what my opponent gives me, I was just thinking I'm going to come out aggressively. It was a learning experience. It's weird after 10 years that you have to learn a beginner's experience again. I don't want to dwell on it too much. It is what it is. I came out with a wild left hook and I got countered right on the chin by a right hand. It was seven seconds. It was seven seconds I'd love to have back, but that's the nature of this sport."
The Extreme Couture pupil says that he is looking to remind people just exactly what type of fighter he is when he faces off against "The Filipino Phenom" in Atlanta:
"I'm flying under the radar a bit. So now I can go out there and remind people who I am and perform. Definitely as a fighter, you want to be the guy people are talking about and be on the main card. But with this one, it has been nice to just focus on the fight so I can get back on track. The thing with this sport is, you're only as good as your last fight. So the way I can go out there and erase that last fight is to go out there and win. So that's what I'm going to do. It could be fight of the night. He comes to throw down. So I'm excited about that. I'm excited about fighters like that. Guys who like to bite down on the mouth guard and get in the mix. I could see him coming out more aggressive because he wants to show the kind of fighter he is. We'll see on the night, but I'm ready for the best he brings."
A win for both he and Yagin, who lost in his UFC debut at UFC 135, secures their spot within the ranks--- a loss, on the other hand, could prove disastrous for their respective futures with the world's largest fight promotion.
Who's your pick to prevail once the dust settles next weekend?