(Hominick has become a ground specialist and Roop has taken to kicking opponents’ heads off since they last both fought in the Octagon.)
It may not be the best compensation for the proposed UFC 125 bout with Jose Aldo he was forced to turn down due to a nagging hand injury, but Mark Hominick has his next bout lined up if he is healthy in time.
The fight will represent Roop’s second chance with the UFC since he was let go in 2009 after compiling a less than stellar 1-2 record in the Octagon fighting above his natural 145-pound weight class.
Hominick, who went 2-0 in his previous short-lived UFC career will be riding a four-fight winning streak into his return bout with the Zuffa-owned organization, which announced a week-and-a-half ago that it would be merging with the WEC.
Although he began his WEC career on shaky ground with two straight rear naked choke submission losses to Rani Yahya and Josh Grispi, Hominick has looked impressive in each of his bouts since, including three straight finishes he compiled while fighting for the soon-to-be defunct organization. He defeated Garcia in his last bout by heavily debated split decision at WEC 51. Most fans and pundits felt that Hominick won every round of the fight by utilizing his superlative striking and footwork.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact that both fighters are teammates under Shawn Tompkins’ Team Tompkins banner. Hominick has trained under the acclaimed Canadian coach since he began practicing kickboxing in London, Ontario nearly a decade ago.
Roop has trained with Tompkins at the TapouT training centre in Las Vegas since he took up the head coaching duties at the gym after leaving Xtreme Couture last October.
The card is also rumored to feature a featherweight bout between Sung and Yahya, a lightweight tilt between Evan Dunham and Kenny Florian, a welterweight battle between Mike Swick and David Mitchell and a pair of heavyweight fights between Pat Barry and Joey Beltran and Matt Mittrione and Tim Hague.