Seven-Time UFC Veteran Mark Hominick Retires

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Biggavelli
12/11/12 10:21:22PM
Ten-year MMA veteran Mark Hominick (20-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has competed for the last time.

The 30-year-old Canadian and Shawn Tompkins protege announced on Tuesday's new edition of FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight" that he's hanging up the gloves in favor of chasing other options.



"I truly got to live my passion and follow my dreams by competing in mixed martial arts, especially under the Zuffa banner, but UFC 154, that's the last fight I'll be in the octagon, as I'm retiring and looking to move on to the next phase of my career," Hominick said.

Hominick actually made his UFC in March 2006, when he claimed a submission win over Yves Edwards. He returned in June of that year with a decision win over Jorge Gurgel.

Hominick then transitioned to the WEC, where he fought five times before returning to the UFC octagon.

The high point of Hominick's UFC career came at April 2011's UFC 129 event, where he fought valiantly in front of a Canadian crowd during a failed title bid against UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Despite sporting a massive hematoma, Hominick pushed until the final bell, and a UFC record 55,724 fans rose to their feet in appreciation of his effort.

The decision loss was the last time he would step in to the cage with his longtome trainer and friend Tompkins, who passed away unexpectedly in August 2011.

Hominick returned to action at December 2011's UFC 140, but a reckless attack led to a stunning seven-second loss to Chan Sung Jung. Hominick would go on to drop decision losses to Pablo Garza and Eddie Yagin and finish his career on a disappointing four-fight losing streak.

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Budgellism
12/11/12 10:29:46PM
After his last few losses you really can't blame the guy. He's taken some vicious beatings. Hominick was always fun to watch, win or lose. He'll be missed in the mma world.
george112
12/11/12 10:29:57PM
I for one am surprised
mattjonesy
12/11/12 10:32:43PM
What a shame loved watching this guy fight! Maybe one of the intelligent fighters who knows when to actually call it quits.
Gogoplatapus
12/11/12 10:48:20PM
Salute!
DrivenDavies15
12/11/12 10:48:43PM
Sad to see but he was deffs on a major career decline. Props to Hominick on a very successful and entertaining career! You will be missed!
prophecy033
12/11/12 11:07:13PM
Man, that kinda sucks. I liked watching him fight. His last few fights haven't gone very well but I enjoyed watching him. Hope I see him back soon
sparky
12/11/12 11:26:00PM
This is a very sad day Hominick has put on some great fights. I have enjoyed watching his journey his career has always had its ups and downs but, I think Hominick still has lots of fight left in him.

War to a great fighter and a great career
FastKnockout
12/11/12 11:42:26PM
Hate to hear it but it's probably for the best.
Bubbles
12/11/12 11:50:23PM
I hate to see him retire on such a slide. At least Hominick can say he's the only one to ever bring a fight to Aldo since the he entered the WEC
jae_1833
12/12/12 12:04:54AM
He never was the same after the loss of Shawn. I just don't think he has the same passion....he has passion for sure but hopefully he carries on the Thompkins name well and at least sticks around enough to keep that team producing the strikers we all enjoy watching. Cheers!
shaneTpain
12/12/12 12:09:05AM
That's a shame! I know hes in a brutal slump right now but he's only 30. Still plenty of time to win one more. I know it's not likely but I hope he reconsiders & comes back sooner then later. I still think he has a few fights left in him. We'll miss you Machine!
bjj1605
12/12/12 12:38:12AM
Its a shame the way he's going out. I really think he was one of the best FW fighters in MMA. No one has given Aldo as much of a fight as he did.

The loss of his trainer and friend had a huge impact on him and he just wasn't the same after that.
tcunningham
12/12/12 12:48:50AM
bummer. i thought we would see him make a return from his last few losses. i didnt think he would retire. bummer.
RhythmAndStyle
12/12/12 12:57:26AM
i believe this is the right move for him right now, as we all know..fighter dont tend to stay 'retired' for long..but getting beat up by Garza, that was brutal..not the same fighter..something with Shawn Thompson fighters, they're not the same..
pmoney
12/12/12 3:39:35AM
Unexpected news indeed. I've enjoyed watching The Machine fight for many, many years. Rabi and I even had the opportunity to interview him before the Pablo Garza fight. I thought that was a fight that would get Hominick back on track, not to slight Pablo who is a solid Featherweight.

I think many of you are right about Hominick not being the same since Tompkins passed. In addition to being a renowned trainer, he was also Mark's brother-in-law. Maybe some time away will make Hominick want to come back. Maybe this is the right move for him. Either way, good luck to him.
Poor_Franklin
12/12/12 4:31:00AM
always enjoyed seeing him fight. just hasnt looked the same. sucks.
jjeans
12/12/12 10:02:25AM
Awesome fighter and always exciting to watch. He started gaining the ability to not win fights and nobody likes to see a guy stick around for too long.

His MMA career won't be forgotten, he'll always be remembered as the guy who's hematoma helped him win a round against Aldo.
Bustamante-Aoki
12/12/12 11:41:27AM
This sucks, but our loss is his students' and families gain.

I've seen every Hominick fight. He's been my favourite local fighter for over 6 years now. He always put on great fights, win or lose.

I always expected him to become champ one day... He has so much talent, but couldn't really bring it all together when it counted

His win over Yves is still one of my favourite MMA moments, and his fights with Hioki were amazing.

He will probably make a great teacher.
prozacnation1978
12/12/12 1:44:12PM
Sucks to see him lose 4 in a row and go out like that.
Glad to see him fight live this year in Atlanta
infestructure
12/12/12 2:59:26PM
I can't say anything that hasn't been said. Good luck mark
hashyandy4
12/12/12 3:10:32PM

Posted by Budgellism

After his last few losses you really can't blame the guy. He's taken some vicious beatings. Hominick was always fun to watch, win or lose. He'll be missed in the mma world.



Well said Budge
BuffaloDave
12/12/12 5:44:16PM
Smart move for him, since he was fairing to well his last couple fights. Let him enjoy his life instead of worrying about turning his fighting career around. Would love to see him come back in a year or two.
bjj1605
12/12/12 10:09:06PM

Posted by Bustamante-Aoki

This sucks, but our loss is his students' and families gain.

I've seen every Hominick fight. He's been my favourite local fighter for over 6 years now. He always put on great fights, win or lose.

I always expected him to become champ one day... He has so much talent, but couldn't really bring it all together when it counted

His win over Yves is still one of my favourite MMA moments, and his fights with Hioki were amazing.

He will probably make a great teacher.



He actually came down to Curran Martial Arts for a while to train with Jeff Curran.

While he was there he was gracious enough to agree to teach some classes.

I got the opportunity to learn some kick boxing from him and I can indeed confirm that he is a great teacher.