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According to Mark Hominick, Dana White Told Him He’ll Get Another Title Shot If He Racks Up a Couple of Wins


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UFC featherweight Mark Hominick was on The Fan 590 RadioMonday morning where he spoke with host Andrew Krystal about his gutsy fight at UFC 129 against Jose Aldo this past weekend.

According to “The Machine,” who says the gruesome hematoma he incurred during the bout was “merely a flesh wound,” the UFC brass were so impressed with his performance Saturday night that they have assured him that if he can put together a couple more wins, he’ll get another crack at the the promotion’s 145-pound strap.

Here’s what Hominick had to say about:

His disgusting hematoma:

“It was superficial. It looked a lot worse than it was, you know? I’ve got pair of black eyes but the swelling is down and it looked a lot worse than it was in the fight. I’m trying to avoid [seeing] some of [the photos from the fight]. Like I said, it was superficial and those hematomas…that’s just what happens in a fight. There’s swelling there and there’s nowhere for the swelling to go because you’re not cut or anything, so it just stockpiles there. I went to the hospital, got a CAT scan, everything was there, made sure nothing was broken, and nothing was broken and the CAT scan was completely fine. I put some ice on it and within two hours the swelling was gone. Both eyes are black and blue. A little swelling in the face but nothing serious. I’m wearing sunglasses and I can hide under them.”

Whether or not he thinks he was close to finishing the dominant champion:

“I think at the four minute mark he was waiting for that bell to ring. That’s just it. I was giving everything I had in my effort to finish the fight because I knew I was down. Besides the knockdown I believe it was pretty close throughout the fight. He just had heavy hands and any time he landed a clean punch he did damage and I think that was the difference in the fight. I hurt him early. A lot of people were talking about he was getting tired, he was tired I think because I hit him in the body. Even in the first round I hit him with a couple hard liver shots. That’s like my patented punch and I always attack the body on everybody. It takes your will to fight and I think that’s why he changed up the game plan and took me to the mat. It was a war and we got fight of the night for a reason. He did a lot of damage but like I said I inflicted a lot of damage on him and almost got the finish in the fifth round. Every couple of shots I landed a hard shot and I could just see it in his eyes. As much as he’s a champion and he wants to go out swinging, he was wanting that bell to ring. There’s no question. He was in there in survival mode as opposed to defending and attacking. He thought he had the fight in the bag at that point, so I think he was just trying to survive that last round.”

How many tickets he was asked to get by friends and family members:

“The numbers went down [of how many tickets I had to get] because they knew my hands were tied, but I know half of my high school was there for sure. It was pretty cool though. it was a big fight for all of them because all of them have known me since I was like five years old and to see where I came from… I’m from a town of 2,500 people. To be fighting in the biggest UFC [event] of all time for the world belt and to put on a fight like that, everyone was emotionally involved in that fight.”

The effect the raucous hometown crowd had on his performance:

“It was just a constant stream [of cheering], that’s what I was hearing. It just made me try that much harder. I think I proved there is no quit in me. I know I was supposed to go in there and I wasn’t supposed to make it out of the first round, but I was just trying to finish him. I wanted that belt so bad.”

What the UFC thought of his performance:

“Oh, they were thrilled. They were like, ‘Heal up and we want you back as soon as you can. In another two fights you will get another crack at the title.’ I know some of the things I have to work on to take him out. I don’t think he would be lining up to fight me to tell you the honest truth.”

Where he goes from here:

“[I'm going to] just take [on] a guy who’s maybe coming off of a win because I’m still in contention. I don’t think that fight puts me on the bottom of the pile. I’m still up there with the performance I put in. Jose Aldo hasn’t lost in five years. He’s never been in any type of trouble in any of his fights and I almost finished him. I took him to his limits. People know that I’m for real and I just have to go out there and prove it again. Honestly, I think 30 seconds more and I could have finished the fight. I wasn’t stopping and he was fading. But again, the bell rang and he won, so I have to go back to the drawing board and come back stronger.”

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flyingogoplata- May 6, 2011 at 10:25 am
Oh and by the way, Sherdog's rankings are ridiculous.

Manny Gamburyan is their 4th ranked Featherweight by virtue of wins over Mike Brown, Leonard Garcia (who Hominick has also beat) and John Franchi. He lost his last 2 fights in lightweight to Thiago Tavares and ROB EMERSON!

And more importantly, he didn't perform nearly as well against Aldo as Hominick did!

Oh and they don't even have Erik Koch on their top 10 when he's 12-1 and his only career loss is to Mendes!
flyingogoplata- May 6, 2011 at 10:19 am
@Pen Fifteen

So let me understand the genius that is your logic...

Poirier wins one fight in the division and he deserves a title shot over a guy on a 5 fight win streak?

By your logic, Grispi wasn't deserving of a title shot before his loss to Poirier as he's never beat a top 10 guy either. He had an impressive 10 fight win streak going but let's face it, a LOT of those guys were complete cans (Odquina 0-5, bernandino 1-3, Murphy 1-5, Medieros 0-5) and a well past his prime Jens Pulver. Is that any more impressive than a 5 fight win streak by Hominick over MUCH stronger competition?
Jonny5- May 5, 2011 at 4:00 pm
This loss against Aldo puts him right back where he was before, not deserving of meeting the champ, haha. If anything his gutsy performance ensures hes no lower than he was. I think he should take his time and not rush back to fight Aldo again. He is at this time at the level where he should meet a Koch or Yahya next, not even thinking about Aldo.
Pen Fifteen- May 5, 2011 at 11:06 am
Since Grispi was slated to be the #1 contender if he got through Poirer, why not give Poirer the shot? Oh, that's right, no one knows who he is. You act like this is all a very transparent process. I have no idea where Fight Magazine gets their rankings from, but the UFC has 7 of the top 10 FWs according to Sherdog (several of whom got to be top 10 via wins over MTB). I seriously don't see why Hominick shouldn't have had to go through a contender to get a title shot. They fed him Roop, a guy whose style plays totally to his strengths. The biggest issue here is that it obscures the facts that a) Hominick was nowhere near close to winning that fight; he lost each of the first four rounds, at least one of which was a 10-8. b) He's never beaten a single contender in his career, so it'll likely be a moot point whether or not he can beat two contenders to earn a rematch anyway.
flyingogoplata- May 5, 2011 at 8:49 am
So who deserved the shot over Hominick?
flyingogoplata- May 5, 2011 at 8:38 am
Exactly who would you like him to beat that's in the Top 10 at Featherweight? If you look at Fight magazine's rankings, only 3 UFC featherweights are in the world top 10 - Aldo, Hominick and Koch.


Who's next in line after Mendes? Grispi just got dominated by Poirier and Poirier's only fought once at featherweight.


Omigawa's coming off a loss to Mendes. Gamburyan's coming off a loss to Aldo. Brown just lost to Yahya who had lost his previous 2 fights.


I guess Diego Nunes might be in line since he's won 3 in a row, but 2 of those were by split decision.


And by the way, Hominick was lighting up Grispi before Grispi failed on a takedown attempt but wound up on Hominick's back for a standing RNC...doubt that would happen again.
Pen Fifteen- May 5, 2011 at 6:59 am
@flyinggogo

I guess you missed the part where Hominick got choked out in under 3 minutes by Josh Grispi in 2008??? You can try to blow up the guy's wins all you want, but fact is, he has never beaten someone who was either ranked top 10 in the division at the time or who is ranked top 10 right now. Do you think Roop would have gotten a title shot if he'd beaten Hominick? Hell no. He got the title shot because he is Canadian. Why is it so hard for people to admit that? It's the exact same thing that happened with Patrick Cote.
djp1988- May 5, 2011 at 6:41 am
Call Amber Lamps!
LOKI- May 5, 2011 at 5:42 am
In a paper-thin devision of about 5 known entities and precisly 2 stars, its not that much of a stretch to believe this. Who else is even in the running? I wouldnt be supprised if after 1 or 2 decent wins Tyson Griffin was up for a shot.
Dog Dicks Magoo- May 5, 2011 at 5:29 am
I AM NOT AN ANIMAL!!
flyingogoplata- May 5, 2011 at 5:15 am
@Pen Fifteen

Hominick got his title shot because he was on a 5 fight win streak. He beat Roop (who was coming off a win over the Korean Zombie), Leonard Garcia, Yves Jabouin, Brian Caraway and Savant Young (who had just beat Lion Inoue before he fought Hominick).

A 5 fight win streak against solid fighters isn't good enough for you?

Who are the top contenders in UFC at 145 now? Hominick would do well against Koch, Grispi or Poirier. I don't think it's long until he gets his next title shot...only question is whether it's against Aldo or Mendes.
SnackDaddy- May 5, 2011 at 2:08 am
Hominick was not close to finishing the fight. Maybe if he comes in yielding a baseball bat or a kitana next time, he might have a chance at defeating Aldo. Props to him though. Kid's a fighter.
MyDogAteKarma- May 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm
Regardless of what some think or feel, I think he earned much respect not because some think he "almost won" but because he was able to not only hang with but do some damage to a fighter who up until this fight looked to be as close to untouchable as a fighter can get. I for one hope to see him earn another shot at it because even if he still can't pull it off we will all hopefully get to see another awesome fight.
Pen Fifteen- May 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm
"If I'd had an extra 30 seconds..." Yeah, and if a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass so much. Hominick acts like it'll be no problem beating 2 more contenders, which is hilarious, given that he had to beat George fucking Roop to get a title shot in the first place.
Buster Hyman- May 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm
that boy got his ass whooped
Gamecock- May 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm
Well he probably deserves it.
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newdeal- May 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm
To bad he doesn't have enough ground game to pass guard on a gasses Aldo. If he had gotten to a better position he may have been able to get the tko from strikes in the final round.
Elentius- May 4, 2011 at 5:39 pm
The confidence was not on Aldo's face no matter how they want to laugh about it. He was worried a few times. I greatly respect both fighters, but I feel that Mark takes it if they fight again and he sticks to his game plan of putting together multiple combos instead of letting Aldo do that.
Tats- May 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Hominick is cool and all and put on a great performance but he was not close to finishing that fight. If Aldo felt he was in serious danger I think he woulda actually have done something in the 5th to avoid it.

Throwing strikes from inside the guys guard while the dude on the bottom is taking a breather isn't close to finishing the fight.
Chromium- May 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm
I vote he needs a new nickname. Something like "Balls of Steel." Someone edit his wiki, stat.
Wallly- May 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm
This guy seriously showed some heart and shit. props to mark.
Kid Clam Curtains- May 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm
145 is the new 170 imo. Very chic.
fightfan- May 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm
I will admit taht was a hell of a performance & he has heart for days. But, I m sick of hearing how he ALMOST won the fight & how he was damaging Also & almost had him quitting, etc, etc.

Aldo knocked him down 4 or 5 times, Hominic ONLY got that top position in the fifth because Also had him on queer streeet. Mark got that position out of the fact he was falling in that direction from being stunned by Also.

Yes, Mark is a stud. He got more heart than most fighters out there. Heart(see Diego vs Kampmann), sometimes too much, can be detrimental to your health. Mark is a bad mofo....but he also got his ass kicked badly.
TellaTruth- May 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm
but i was already safely seated on the toilet...
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