If there was a name for Mark Hominick’s game plan on Thursday night that was it as the Canadian striker used pinpoint accuracy, counter striking and a wicked jab to outwork Leonard Garcia on his way to a split decision victory at WEC 51.
Knowing what a fast starter Garcia tends to be, Hominick sat back and waited for the Texas native to throw punch after punch in the first round, while he used superior footwork and head movement to avoid anything serious landing.
As the fight wore on, Hominick’s plan paid off as Garcia started to lose just a little bit of steam, and the Canadian was able to land his jab at will throughout the remainder of the time.
To Garcia’s credit, he fought a smart strategy and never got into a serious brawl with Hominick, but unfortunately he didn’t have an answer to his opponent’s controlled boxing attack. Hominick punished Garcia with his jab, and then answered the Greg Jackson trained fighter’s aggression with perfectly timed counter strikes.
“We wanted to make him miss, and make him pay for missing,” Hominick commented about his game plan following the fight.
Hominick continued to punish Garcia’s aggression throughout the final 10 minutes of the fight, as he timed his shots with laser precision. While the final call was a split decision, Hominick seemed to control the action especially in the last two rounds to earn the victory.
The win, Hominick’s third in a row, puts him closer to his ultimate goal, which is earning a shot at the 145lb championship.
“There’s nowhere I want to go except for that title shot,” Hominick stated.
The Canadian appears to be on a roll as he will now wait for his next challenger, and hope that with another fight he could become the top contender for the featherweight belt.