When Mark Hominick left the Octagon following a loss to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129, he didn’t leave a loser.
No, despite taking a mark in that column on his win-loss record, Hominick showed to the record-breaking 55,000 people in attendance, and all those watching around the world, that he could go with the best of the best in MMA.
The bumps and bruises have healed over time for the Canadian fighter, and now, Hominick hopes to get another chance to compete in front of his home fans.
Hominick (20-9) is balancing life inside the cage with a new baby girl, who was born just about two weeks after his fight with Aldo.
“I am training as much as I can, but right now, the love of my life is my baby girl,” a joyful Hominick said. “I am enjoying the summer and just having a great time with her. It has been crazy with all the appearances and stuff, because it has made me seem like an overnight success. But, it has been great.”
Hominick spent several years in the WEC, working his way up the ladder to earn a title-eliminator match with George Roop in his UFC debut in early 2011. He won five straight fights before becoming just the second man since 2007 to take Aldo the distance.
“I knew in my heart that I am one of the best in the world, but (the Aldo fight) I got to show everybody that,” Hominick said. “I know I am right there, and there are a few things I could change, but I was happy with my performance. I showed how much I have put into getting better everyday.”
Hominick has no fight scheduled, and leaves his future opponents up to the UFC. But, he did make a plea to be part of the next card in his native land.
“I have heard that either Montreal or Toronto may host a card on Dec. 10, and I am pushing to be part of that,” Hominick said.
As for the featherweight gold and the upcoming match up between Aldo and Kenny Florian, Hominick was quick to predict a winner.
“I really do think Aldo takes it,” the fighter said. “We have seen Kenny come up short in all his title attempts and I think Aldo wants to prove he is still the No. 1 guy in the division.”