Former featherweight contender Hominick hanging up gloves
UFC featherweight Mark Hominick has decided to call it a career.
"The Machine" announced his decision on Fuel TV's "UFC Tonight" on Tuesday.
"I truly got to live my passion and follow my dreams by competing in mixed martial arts, especially under the Zuffa banner, but UFC 154, that's the last fight I'll be in the octagon, as I'm retiring and looking to move on to the next phase of my career."
"As a family, I have young daughter," Hominick said. "I have another daughter on the way, and I think that's the next phase of my life. I need to put focus into that."
The climax of his career came when he fought Jose Aldo for the featherweight title at UFC 129, a fight which saw the Canadian battle for all five rounds with a massive hematomo. While he stayed competitive for the entire fight and earned "Fight of the Night" honors, it would mark his first loss in what would come to be a four fight losing streak. That fight also marked the last time he would have longtime friend and coach Shawn Tompkins in his corner, who passed away in August of 2011.
Hominick went on to state that while he was leaving MMA as a competitor, he would continue to keep it in his life in some capacity.
"I'm always going to be involved in the sport," Hominick said. "This is my passion. This is what fuels me."
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