Mark Hominick is one of the most exciting featherweights in the UFC. His battles with Eddie Yagin and Jose Aldo are memorable to many, though he was on the losing end of them. He is set to fight Pablo Garza at UFC 154 in his home country where he started fighting and he took time out of his day to talk about the importance of getting a victory, how the fight will go and more.
How’s it going today?
You are fighting Pablo Garza at UFC 154 on November 17th. Is it better to fight in Canada even if it isn’t in your Province?
100% for myself. It is nicer to get cheered than booed. There’s a comfort level of fighting in your area. Montreal where we are fighting is where I started my career. I defended the Canadian title there nine times. The fans are crazy.
I’ve read about the Canadian fans are more excitable than the US fans. Similar to how we know the Brazilian fans are passionate. Is it true, the Canadian fans are different than the US fans?
I think it is different. The fans at a hockey game are a different than say fans at a baseball game. The fans do a lot of chants. They make a spectacle of an event. But being in Brazil, I haven’t felt any environment like that. There were times I was scared, times I was pumped up. But yeah each country has an element.
Now both you and Garza at a cross-roads with unfortunately being on loosing streaks. How important is a win for you at this point?
No question my back is against the wall. I’ve been blessed that the UFC has given me the opportunity to be on the PPV. I think I went out there and performed. With Aldo I took him to his limit and we got fight of the night. The last fight was a split decision that I could have earned and we got fight of the night. Now I have to lay it on the line but get in the win column.
Garza is more known for his submissions, do you see this fight hitting the ground or do you think it will be mostly standing?
I always go into a fight thinking that my opponent is going to take me down because my strength is primarily on the feet. I like when people sleep with me on the ground cause there’s been lots of bouts where I pull off submissions and people just doubt me there. It’s always nice to be overlooked. In this fight I want to show my experience. I want to prove it.
Are you striving for Fight of the Night?
I am striving for a win. That’s the mindset I go in with every fight. I don’t go in thinking about putting on an exciting fight. I just think my style caters to that type of a bout. My teammate Sam Stout is in that same spot. He has like six or seven bonuses. That style and the way we came up it caters to an exciting bout. Any time you are more of a striker, the fans are more into those types of bouts and the UFC rewards that. I don’t go in there trying to put on an exciting fight, I just try to get the win.
Your last fight was extremely close against Eddie Yagin even earning a split decision. What do you think you should have done differently to have secured that victory?
I think there are two things. I should have added more kicks. I went in there and treated it more like a boxing match. I think I could have gone for the kill at the end. I think I had him hurt and if I had jumped on him, I would have been able to finish him. Hindsight is great. It’s easy to look back. The fight happens fast and you have to make those decisions in the instance. It was a great bout and my hat is off to Eddie.
Many people know you from your fight with Jose Aldo back at UFC 129 for a multitude of reasons. For me it wasn’t so much the large hematoma rather how well you looked against Aldo in the later rounds. How much confidence did that give you?
For sure. He is one of the best in the world. Any bout you have ever seen me in, as the rounds progress, that’s when my strength progresses. Even in my last, the first round was my worst and in the third I came back and killed it. It’s good to have that ability, but I have to come guns blazing so fighters don’t get ahead on the scorecards. As a fighter, I enjoy that moment when you are looking at your opponent when you are in the trenches and you know that he doesn’t want to be there. That’s the moment the fight becomes more competitive for me.
Where can the fans find you at?
On twitter is the best. That’s at markhominick
Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Fear the fighters, Xyience, Dinero Sports Marketing, and all the fans that keep it going.