October 31, 2010
WEC fighters set to invade the UFC
By MATT KIELTYKA, QMI Agency
Mark Hominick reckons heavyweights will soon be looking for a payout elsewhere now that the stable of WEC fighters is set to invade the UFC.
UFC president Dana White announced Thursday that the world’s top mixed martial arts promotion is getting even bigger in the new year by swallowing World Extreme Cagefighting – also owned by Zuffa, LLC – and its featherweight, bantamweight and lightweight divisions.
That’s bad news for the bigger fighters used to collecting “fight of the night” bonuses.
“I kind of feel bad for all the heavyweight guys, it’s going to be impossible for them to win fight of the night now,” laughed WEC featherweight contender Mark Hominick.
The lower weight classes in MMA are known for their high intensity, whirlwind, crowd pleasing pace.
That formula has made WEC a fan favourite and should ramp up the UFC’s entertainment value, which has come under criticism this year after a couple lackluster cards.
But for guys like Hominick, an Ontario native, the switch over to the UFC is more than a name change.
“It’s massive for notoriety in general,” he said. “The UFC is like Kleenex is with tissue paper. Everyone associates MMA with the UFC.
“Sometimes its tough to explain to people you fight for WEC, which is the same thing but different,” he said. “Now we can get the same kind of exposure.”
The 28-year-old has a 19-8 pro record and is coming off a win against Leonard Garcia at WEC 51 in September.
He broke his hand in the Garcia fight and is still in a cast, but is ready for division champion Jose Aldo (if Aldo survives a rumoured bout with Josh Grispi, the only man to beat Hominick since 2007).
“I think I’m the one to take down Aldo,” he said. “There’s still a long way to go, I’m not out of the cast until the third week of November but after that I feel I’m in line for a title shot.”
Hominick has long held that belief, but now he dreams of lifting UFC gold.