Eddie Yagin (top) grounds and pounds Mark Hominick (bottom) at UFC 145 last night. Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting
But that didn't stop "The Filipino Phenom" from pulling off the biggest upset of the evening.
Yagin was coming off a terrible performance against Junior Assuncao in his UFC debut, but he looked like a new man in the first two rounds against "The Machine."
So how did the former Tachi Palace champion pull it off? And where do both featherweights go from here?
Follow me after the jump for our Eddie Yagin vs. Mark Hominick UFC 145 post-fight review and analysis:
This fight was all about the stylistic differences in both men's stand-up skills. Hominick was clearly the more polished stand-up technician, but Yagin is a brawler with some big power in his hands, even if the shots he's throwing aren't the prettiest.
Hominick's slow start was only exacerbated by the fact that Yagin began clipping him. Yagin rocked him early and then nearly finished the fight later after landing a thunderous right hand which sent the former title challenger reeling to the canvas.
Despite looking shaky, Hominick survived, but it was more of the same in round two where Yagin again landed and dropped Hominick.
"The Machine" must have received some oil before the third round because he finally showed up, flashing a terrific jab and following it with a nice right hand which repeatedly connected solidly on Yagin's face and bloodied the Hawaiian's face up something fierce. Unfortunately, he couldn't stop the fight and Yagin's power in the first two rounds was enough for him to win a split decision.
For Mark Hominick, the losing streak of the Tompkins trio continues. This fight was supposed to be a gimme for him and he still couldn't win. He's fallen incredibly long way since winning "Fight of the Night" and nearly upsetting Jose Aldo just one year ago. Yes, he's pretty one-dimensional with his offense, but it's effective. What he needs to avoid is getting clipped by opponents with worse striking than him. That's two fighters in a row who throw big winging punches who have caught him. He needs to drastically improve that striking defense if he wants to win again.
He's not likely to be cut as he's a poster boy for the Canadian fans, but Hominick has to be on a short leash after losing this fight. I would think he'll be given someone along the lines of Maximo Blanco, Nam Phan or perhaps fellow down-on-his-luck former title challenger Manny Gamburyan, who's also lost three straight.
For Eddie Yagin, he'd better soak this one in. He definitely looked much better this time around than his lackluster UFC debut. He was more aggressive and he was fighting with urgency, especially early. He's got to put a focus on his conditioning, however, as he slowed down drastically as the fight wore on and it allowed Hominick to take over.
Despite the significance of his victory, I hope the UFC doesn't throw him against a top 145-pounder. I'd like to see him against someone like Marcus Brimage, Robert Peralta or perhaps Issei Tamura. Let's see if this victory was a fluke or not.
So what did you think, Maniacs?
Did any of you see Yagin's upset victory coming? When will the losing streak end for the former Team Tompkins trio?