by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
This Saturday at the Affliction show in Anaheim, Calif., Canadian 145-pound fighter Mark Hominick has an opportunity to start over again.
After having an up and down time in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at lightweight, Hominick was supposed to make a big splash moving down to his natural weight of 145 pounds in World Extreme Cagefighting, but again was met with mixed results.
Eager to prove himself as one of the best in the featherweight division, he has been given such an opportunity in Affliction against the currently rebounding Trenell “Savant” Young.
“I’m just pumped to be a part of history,” stated Hominick of his participation in Affliction. “I was lucky to be on this card. I’m thrilled and plan on stealing the show.
“They put the fighters first, that’s what they’re concerned about, and they’ve also got the fans in mind as well. I think the fans can really appreciate how great of a card this is. Top to bottom, it’s just stacked.”
Recently, Hominick’s opponent, Savant Young scored a major upset when he defeated Shooto superstar “Lion” Takeshi Inoue. In facing off against Young, Hominick feels he could put himself back in the running for a title, should Affliction decide to crown a champion at 145-pounds.
“Well, with Savant, I’m fighting a top ten fighter, who previously beat the No. 2 ranked guy in the division, so beating him puts my name back where it belongs, in my opinion,” he said. “Coming out of the show as the winner, I think it puts me in contention right away.”
However, Hominick knows that is easier said than done.
“I think it’s an exciting match-up,” he commented. “He’s going to stand and bang with me, and he brings it and is 100 percent with whatever he does, but on paper, I think it’s going to go my way, and in the ring as well.
“He’s short and stocky, and he definitely wants to be on the inside, and I on the outside. He throws caution to the wind with his punching, and that’s the type of fighter I like. I like catching guys when they make mistakes, and make them pay for it.”
Currently Hominick is signed to three-fight deals with both Affliction and TKO in Canada, where he has only one aspiration, to regain his lost title.
“I really don’t want to fight anyone unless it’s for a title,” he said about TKO. “I lost to (Hatsu) Hioki twice, with the last one happening in controversial decision, so I don’t think there’s anyone really left in that division right now.
“I just want to fight for the title, and I think that’s what they’re saying too. If he has to fight someone first and then I have to fight the winner, whoever, I’m just looking to be the champion there.”
Regardless of individual promotional desires, Hominick’s overall goal remains the same.
“You’re only as good as your last win, and I have to prove where I am in this division,” he stated. “Talk is cheap. I consider myself to be one of the best in the division, I just have to step up and prove it.
“I just have to prove it in this next fight with Savant, show that I belong in the Top 10. I won’t be calling out anyone above that, because I’ve got to prove myself and show them where I belong.”
With aspirations to be recognized as one of the best 145-pound fighters in the world, and with ample opportunities in multiple promotions before the end of the year, this could be the time for Mark Hominick to put his stamp on the division once and for all.
“I’d like to thank NCFC Fight Management and MMATraining.com,” he closed out. “I’ve been doing a daily blog for my training for this camp, and they’ve been monitoring both workouts, day and night, for this past month.
“To the fans, come and be a part of history. It’s going to be a great show with a stacked card. The card is based around heavyweights, but there’s a couple of 145′ers that are planning on stealing the show.”