Hominick brings elite skill to WEC fight

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

EDMONTON - Canada’s top featherweight fighter is hoping some home cookin’ will vault him into the MMA’s top 10-ranking.

Mark Hominick, who hails from the London, Ont., area, was 2-0 in a pair of UFC appearances before heading off to the WEC.

Hominick, 17-8, will take on Montreal’s Yves Jabouin in a 145-lb. bout June 20 at Rexall.

“Competing against the best in the world has always been my goal and the WEC has that in its weight class,” said Hominick. “I’ve kind of bounced around with a few different organizations but have definitely found a home in the WEC.”

His two UFC bouts were in the 155-lb. weight class.

“I went undefeated but came back to my more natural weight at 145,” Hominick said. “I’m fighting another strong striker, so I have to refine my skills. I come from a kickboxing background. I’ve held Canadian and North American titles in kickboxing. I just have to go back to my roots.”

Being a Canadian, Hominick seems thrilled that this card will be held in Western Canada.

“I fought most of my career in Canada when I first started,” said Hominick. “The majority of my fights have been in Montreal. I’m pretty excited to come out west.

“Mixed martial arts is so popular and Alberta has sort of been into it at the grassroots level. Now, they’re going to see the elite guys fighting with the WEC. These are the best guys in the world.”

QUICK KICKS ... Tickets for the event are scaled at $45-175 and are available at the Rexall Place Box Office and at all Ticketmaster locations ... The upper bowl will be open after the first 9,000 tickets are sold ... The WEC’s last show, two weeks ago in Sacramento, Calif., attracted 15,000 spectators and had a gate of $1 million US ... Hominick’s Canadian teammate, Chris Horodecki, is also featured on the card ... The main event features former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner of Tempe, Ariz., looking for a title shot with a win over Kamal Shalorus.

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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