After dropping four straight scraps, former UFC featherweight top contender Mark Hominick (Pictured) has decided to hang up his mixed martial arts gloves.
“Over the last 11 years, I’ve followed my passion in the UFC. Now, I’ll say UFC 154 was my last fight in the Octagon as I’m retiring and moving on to next phase of my career,” Hominick revealed on FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight. “I have a young daughter at home and another on the way. I’ll always be involved in the sport. But I know the commitment I have to make. I have to make a commitment to this as I have to fighting in the past.”
“The Machine” hasn’t been the same since the abrupt passing of his coach Shawn Tompkins in August 2011. However, the 30-year-old claims the death of his longtime friend actually kept his fire burning. It’s simply time to move on.
“Losing him was a blow to all of us. But it actually motivated me to carry on in his name, tradition and legacy,” Hominick expressed. “I want to do the same on the outside of the Octagon. I’ve reached a lot of my goals in my life. Now I want to carry on with my life and my family.”
The Canadian says the highlight of his career was when he challenged reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo for his crown at UFC 129. Although he found himself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision defeat, competing in front of 55,000 of his countrymen was the thrill of a lifetime.
Hominick owns a 20-12 professional record. He lost a decision to Pablo Garza last month at UFC 154.