TORONTO - It was quick and it was brutal.
And when it was over, Thamesford, Ont., mixed martial arts fighter Mark Hominick couldn’t get out of the Octagon fast enough.
Hominick, who very nearly upset UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in his last fight at UFC 129 on April 30, suffered a humiliating defeat seven seconds into the first round on Saturday night at UFC 140, the loss coming at the hands of The Korean Zombie, Chang Sung Jung.
The stoppage tied the UFC record for fastest KO in UFC history. The last time a UFC fight was stopped in only seven seconds, Todd Duffee KO’d Edmonton heavyweight Tim Hague at UFC 102 in 2009 in Portland.
The knockdown and subsequent stoppage by referee Herb Dean stunned the near capacity crowd at the Air Canada Centre and derailed, at least temporarily, Hominick’s march to second title shot.
An emotional Hominick broke down at the post-fight media conference when he asked if not having long time coach Shawn Tompkins — who died of a heart attack at the age 37 last August — around affected his preparation for the fight.
“Anytime someone passes, you know, it’s tough to have closure,” said Hominick, as he fought to keep his emotions in check. “So ... ”
Hominick couldn’t go on, but after composing himself, refused use the loss of his friend and mentor as an excuse for the loss.
“I wanted to come out and make a statement because there were a lot of questions going into this fight with the passing of Shawn, and with living up to the last fight (Aldo). There was a lot of pressure and I wanted to silence any critics,” he said.
“(But) obviously it’s been a rough couple of months, but I’m not going to blame it on that. I fought out of character,” he added. “I don’t think anyone’s seen me come out with a big, wild left hook leading a fight. I fought not as composed as I usually am. I just came out too aggressive and paid the consequences.”
“Shawn always said, we win together and we lose together and so tonight we’re losing together,” Hominick said.
Hominick, 29, initiated the action by throwing a wild left hook at Jung, who stepped back and countered with a perfect right. Hominick went down and Jung hammered the Canadian with eight straight shots, most of them connecting, before Dean stepped in and stopped the bout, a TKO loss for Hominick, who dropped to 20-10. Jung improved to 12-3. Both fighters seemed to be taken aback at the brevity of the match, with Jung actually apologizing to the crowd after.
“Sorry Toronto,” said the native of Po-Hang, South Korea. “I love Canadians and I hope to see you all again.”
Hominick appeared bewildered after the stoppage, but responded with a class when UFC soundbag Joe Rogan shoved a microphone into his face immediately after the fight.
“I’m going to give it up to him,” said Hominick of his opponent. “I’m definitely disappointed. I got a little too hyped up. I came out a little too wild. You’ve seen me fight before. I don’t usually fight that reckless.”
Based on his valiant effort against Aldo, and the fact that he had won five of his six last fights, Hominick was considered the favourite against Jung, who had fought only once in the UFC, though he certainly made waves in his only UFC bout at UFC Fight Night last March 26 in Seattle when he stopped Leonard Garcia via a spectacular twister, a performance which earned his Submission of the Year honours.
Talking to the media about an hour after the fight, Jung described his lethal right as “lucky”, and even joked about it the quickness of the stoppage.
“If I had known it was going to be over this fast, I probably wouldn’t have worked out so hard,” he said, though he did not mean any disrespect to Hominick, who will go back to the drawing board if he hopes to fight for a world title again.
Hominick’s popularity surged after his fight at UFC 129 on April 30, even though he lost a unanimous decision to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Aldo controlled the first four rounds, but Hominick, his forehead grotesquely swollen as the result of a hematoma, kept up the fight and almost stopped the Brazilian in the fifth and final round, showing an incredible heart and conditioning. Though it was a loss, the performance heightened his status with Canadian MMA fans.