January 21, 2011
Ontario's Hominick fighting for UFC title shot at Toronto card
By JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency
For Mark “The Machine” Hominick, it may as well be a title fight.
The London, Ont., featherweight will have nearly as much on the line when he takes on former The Ultimate Fighter contestant George Roop Saturday at UFC’s Fight for the Troops 2 in Fort Hood, Texas.
UFC president Dana White recently announced Hominick will get a title shot at the UFC’s first Ontario event on April 30 in Toronto, should he have success in Texas.
Fighting in his home province would be a “dream come true,” says Hominick, who’s been a professional mixed martial artist for a decade, but has been unable to ply his trade at home due to the Ontario government’s lack of acceptance of the sport. Late last year, the province gave MMA the green light.
Fighting before a home crowd for a UFC belt would be something Hominick never even dreamed about a few years ago.
Hominick tweeted that he is aware of his potential title shot, but is fully focused on Roop at the moment.
The 28-year-old said he was given no heads up by his boss that he’d be taking on featherweight champ Jose Aldo should he be able to dispose of Roop. He read it online.
Before he gets his shot at Aldo, Hominick will have to get through Roop — a tall featherweight at 6-foot-1 with a pro record of 11-6-1.
At only 5-foot-8, Hominick gives up considerable size to the Arizona fighter.
But whatever he lacks in stature, the spastic fighter more than makes up for in speed and conditioning.
Riding a four-fight win streak, Hominick will enter the Octagon with a 19-8 record and perfect 2-0 in the UFC.
Hominick’s fight isn’t the only one at Fight for the Troops 2 with major implications.
Evan Dunham — who lost a close split decision to Sean Sherk in his last outing — will look to climb near the top of the lightweight ranks with a win over Melvin Guillard in the main event.
White said Dunham was “screwed” in the decision loss and as far as he’s concerned, the X-treme Couture fighter remains undefeated despite the official record book showing him at 11-1.
The event — to be broadcast live on Spike and Rogers Sportsnet — will also feature Edmonton’s Tim Hague taking on TUF vet Matt Mitrione.
Heavyweights Pat Barry and Joey Beltran will square off, as will lightweights Cole Miller and Matt Wiman.
The card is expected to raise $4 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which helps spouses and children of fallen soldiers, as well as treating those returning home with the scars of war.
White said the event is also a tribute to Canadian troops — who fight alongside their American colleagues in Afghanistan.