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UFC Featherweight Mark Hominick Retires

Mark HominickUFC featherweight Mark Hominick has decided to call it a career after ten year run in MMA. “The Machine” will hang up the gloves with a 20-12 record in MMA. Hominick announced his retirement on UFC Tonight.

The Canadian featherweight fought for the UFC – fighting as a lightweight before  featherweight was established – and the WEC, establishing a reputation as a talented kickboxer. Hominick would return to the UFC after the WEC was folded into the promotion, winning his UFC debut against George Roop.

The victory over Roop would give Hominick the biggest fight of career against UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo at UFC 129. Hominick would throw everything he had at the champion, and was nearly able to steal the title late, but came up short on the judges scorecards.

While that loss was a tough blow for the fighter, it was the loss of long-time trainer Shawn Tompkins that was the most devastating blow for Hominick. The Canadian fighter was never quite as sharp as he used to be, dropping his next three fights to surpass his worst losing streak in his career. The last defeat, to Pablo Garza at UFC 154, was particularly tough as Hominick nearly finished Garza in the first bout but was unable to maintain the pace and dropped the next two rounds in decisive fashion.

Hominick will now focus on his family, but insists that he will continue to be involved in the sport that he loves.

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