After posting a five-fight winning streak, Canadian featherweight fighter Mark Hominick was awarded a shot at Jose Aldo’s 145lbs. title. The two met at UFC 129 in Toronto and, though Hominick gave a spirited effort which even saw him steal the fight’s momentum in the last round, it was Aldo who would be walking away the victor and still champion.
Hominick hasn’t appeared in the cage since, but is scheduled to face Chan Sung Jung – better known as The Korean Zombie – this December at UFC 140. Since he last saw action, Hominick’s longtime coach and good friend Shawn Tompkins passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack at age 37; in Tompkins’ honor, Hominick chose to get back back in the cage, where he hopes to further contribute to The Coach’s legacy.
“This next fight and the next few fights are just designed to help build the legacy of Shawn Tompkins,” Hominick recently told FightLine.com. “It’s our job to help carry that on. It doesn’t matter if it’s two fights or five fights. I just want to make a statement in all my fights to where people say, ‘Ok, you’re ready for a title shot.’ I don’t want to go out and ask for it, I want to earn it.”
To that end, look for Hominick to put a Team Tompkins stamp on his next few fights by uncorking one of their signatures strikes: the liver punch.
“Liver punch, no question,” he said of his favorite strike. “It’s like a Team Tompkins patented punch. I don’t care how tough someone is, if you hit him with the liver punch, you take their will to fight and their will to win.”
Hominick will face The Korean Zombie (at UFC 140) on December 10 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario.