by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The fight was eight years in the making. Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin looked to unleash that eight years all in the first round in their battle for Canada at WEC 49 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Sunday night.
The first round was fairly close. Jabouin stayed busier, mixing up an array of strikes that varied from punches to kicks to knees to spinning backfists, while Hominick was effectively counter punching and working the body.
Round two looked to be a rerun of the first, to the delight of the fans in Rexall Place, but midway through the round, Hominick’s body work paid off. He dropped Jabouin with a left hook to the liver, but couldn’t finish his downed foe. Jabouin bounced back, dropping Hominick with his own flurry of punches. Jabouin dropped into Hominick’s guard, looking to ground and pound, but Hominick swept him and landed in full mount. Hominick unleashed an onslaught of punches that had the referee calling an end to the fight.
“That’s the first time in my whole career that I’ve had someone live up to their word and go toe-to-toe with me. And that’s the kind of fight you’re gonna get with me when you go toe-to-toe,” said an elated Hominick after the fight.
As always, the speculation immediately begins for who the winner will face next.
Like Josh Grispi, who won earlier in the night, Hominick’s name is now mentioned alongside WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
“Every man in this division is so tough, but there’s nobody in this division that can bring to the table what I bring to the table against Jose Aldo,” Hominick stated, but he knows he might have to wait for that shot, so he offered an alternative.
“I think another great fight would be a fight between myself and Leonard Garcia.”