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 Post subject: Roy Nelson Caps Off TUF 16 Finale
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:07 pm 
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Roy Nelson Caps Off TUF 16 Finale With First Round Knockout Of Matt Mitrione


Before, during and after every fight Roy Nelson has inside the UFC Octagon, the commentators always love to talk about his pedigree in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Nelson certainly has one, training under the legendary Renzo Gracie, but deep down the former Ultimate Fighter winner not only has a concrete jaw, he’s got bricks in his hands.

He showed that once again with his first round knockout of Matt Mitrione at the Ultimate Fighter 16 finale show.

Taking the fight on short notice, Mitrione returned to action after more than a year off, and looked to show his improved skill set since working with the team at the Blackzilians in Florida. Mitrione definitely developed a love of kicks because he launched them early and often, aiming for Nelson’s head and body.

Nelson wasn’t backing away and outside of an early clinch where he looked for the trip takedown, it was all about the stand-up in this fight.

Mitrione looked for more precise shots, but Nelson was just trying to find his range to unload the bombs he needed to put the fight away. It didn’t take him long to find it.

Nelson cracked Mitrione with a big uppercut that rattled the former Purdue football player, and he quickly followed it up with another shot that dropped him to the canvas.

Following his opponent to the ground, Nelson opened up with a barrage of strikes as Mitrione could only roll over and wait for the fight to stop. Nelson gets another first round knockout, the fourth of his UFC career.

After the victory, Nelson disclosed that he actually didn’t start really training his striking game until 2009, although he did have several knockouts on his MMA record prior to that time. What was once a “grapple first” mentality has now shifted to his love of the knockout.

“I used to submit everybody like when I first started, but when I got my first knockout I was like this is so much easier than this wrestling and jiu-jitsu stuff,” Nelson said after the fight.

While his tendency in the UFC has been to finish opponents early, Nelson says he was actually looking to take Mitrione into deeper waters considering the bout was scheduled for five round. Obviously that didn’t happen, but Nelson is surely glad with the result.

“I was looking to pick him apart, and do it in the later rounds, 2nd and 3rd, and show all the critics that the fat boy can go five rounds,” Nelson joked.

It’s safe to say Nelson’s time on the Ultimate Fighter was anything but a joy ride, and the last 12 weeks of time watching the reality show unfold didn’t seem to be much more pleasant. On top of that, Nelson then had to miss out on the chance to fight fellow coach Shane Carwin when he suffered a knee injury just weeks away from their bout.

The end result was still in his favor and that cushions the blow for any of the other bad things that happened, and now Roy Nelson can celebrate another big knockout.

Even at 36-years of age, Nelson says he’s just getting started like some pretty famous fighters before him.

“I feel like I’m Randy (Couture) and Chuck (Liddell),” said Nelson. “I’m just starting.”

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 Post subject: Colton Smith Dominates Mike Ricci
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:11 pm 
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Colton Smith Dominates Mike Ricci To Become The Ultimate Fighter


US Army Combatant instructor Colton Smith (3-1) has become The Ultimate Fighter Season 16 champion with a three-round unanimous decison win over Canadian Mike Ricci (7-3) at the TUF 16 Finale from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The judges awarded the fight unanimously to Smith (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

The fight went to the ground early, after Ricci just missed with a leg kick and followed up with ground and pound. Smith returned to his feet and tied the fight up with a body lock controlling Ricci and got the takedown.

Smith took Ricci’s back and locked in his underhooks before switching to ground and pound, looking to flatten Ricci out. Ricci escaped the choke and the fight returned to the feet, but after little action Smith scored another takedown to end the round.

Ricci was kicked low in the opening stages of round two, but after the referee took no action and refused to step in, the fight continued with Smith securing another takedown. As Ricci looked to stand back up, Smith took his back, attempting to lock in a rear naked choke, but again Ricci broke free.

Smith once again took him back to the mat where Smith controlled to the bell.

With a Ricci knockout needed in the final frame, Smith had other ideas, slamming Ricci against the cage, scoring another takedown, again switching it up between ground and pound and submission attempts.

Ricci scrambled, taking Smith’s back inside the final minute and locked in an armbar, but Smith escaped, holding on for a decision win.

“It’s sweet. I wanted to finish the fight, but Ricci is tough as nails and I couldn’t finish him,” commented Smith after the fight, before adding, “What the troops do overseas is hard, this is easy.”

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 Post subject: Patrick Cote And Alessio Sakara Agree To Rematch
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:14 pm 
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Patrick Cote And Alessio Sakara Agree To Rematch At UFC 158 In Montreal


Their first fight ended in a disqualification so they will do it all over again in March.

Middleweights Patrick Cote and Alessio Sakara have agreed to a rematch at UFC 158 in Montreal on March 16.

The fight was announced during the TUF 16 Finale show on Saturday by UFC commentator Mike Goldberg.

Cote and Sakara originally met at UFC 154 in Montreal, and while the fight didn’t last long, it was an exciting match-up until the end.

Sakara rocked Cote with a big shot early in the first round that dropped the granite-chinned Canadian to the mat. As Sakara tried to follow up with hammer fists while Cote grabbed onto a leg looking to stave off a finish.

Unfortunately for Sakara the majority of his punches landed to the back of Cote’s head, and after the stoppage, the Italian fighter was disqualified for the illegal shots.

Now the two fighters will meet again with both searching for a little taste of redemption while fighting in the same city as they met in the last time. UFC 158 is expected to take place on March 16 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.


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 Post subject: Bellator 84 Results
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:16 pm 
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Alexander Volkov Captures Heavyweight Crown, Lightweights Cancelled


It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Bellator, having to cancel another bout at the last minute on Friday night, but they were finally successful in crowning a heavyweight champion.

Alexander Volkov captured the belt vacated by the retired champion Cole Konrad.

Volkov had to use all five rounds, but he did just that, taking a unanimous decision victory over Rich Hale at Bellator 84 in Hammond, Ind.

The lightweight tournament final between Dave Jansen and Marcin Held was nixed at the last minute. Although both fighters weighed in Thursday and the fight was ostensibly a go, Indiana commission officials realized that Held was only 20 years of age and determined that he was not allowed to fight in a casino.

The fight will now take place on a future card in 2013.

Last week’s featherweight tournament final between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Rad Martinez was also shuffled to a future card, which will take place with new television partner Spike TV. Shamhalaev was stricken with food poisoning on the day of the fight last week, causing the bout’s cancellation.

Bellator 84 Full Results:
-Alexander Volkov def. Rich Hale by Unanimous Decision
-Daniel Vizcaya def. Jack Hermansson by Split Decision
-Felice Herrig def. Patricia Vidonic by Unanimous Decision
-Louis Taylor def. Joe Vedepo by KO (Punch) at 4:12, R1
-Christian Uflacker def. Cliff Wright by Technical Decision at 2:26, R3
-Jerald Williams def. Joey Diehl by Unanimous Decision
-Anthony Gomez def. Anton Talamantes by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:30, R1
-Robert White def. Kenny Booker by Unanimous Decision

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 Post subject: Bellator Reviewing Eddie Alvarez's UFC Offer
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:23 am 
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Bellator Reviewing Eddie Alvarez's UFC Offer With Choice Of Match, Or Let Him Go


Eddie Alvarez has his offer. Now it's a waiting game.

The former Bellator lightweight champ, one of the most coveted MMA free agents in years, has a contract offer in hand from the UFC. That leaves Bellator in a two-week period in which it can match the offer in an attempt to retain the fighter.

Bellator officials on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) that promotion execs are reviewing Alvarez's offer from the UFC and are expected to announce soon whether they will match it or let him go.

Bellator fighters typically are bound by a 90-day exclusive negotiating period after their deal runs out. But in the case of Alvarez (24-3 MMA, 9-1 BFC), Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney waived what was left on that period to allow Alvarez to test the market sooner

Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com that he believed Bellator could come up with a deal that would be competitive with what the UFC was likely to offer him.

"It really becomes for us a mathematical analysis," Rebney said. "We know where we would want to be with Ed, we know what kind of a deal structure would work for Bellator and our partners at Spike TV, and we're just waiting.

"We'd like to keep him, but it will all boil down to the numbers."

Alvarez is not the first highly prized free agent to toy with leaving Bellator for the UFC. Former middleweight champion Hector Lombard earlier this year left the promotion and made his UFC debut in July, bringing with him a 25-fight unbeaten streak. Rebney at one point, in published reports, estimated Lombard's UFC deal, including a signing bonus, to be worth a minimum of $700,000 for his debut. He lost that first fight by split decision to Tim Boetsch at UFC 149 before bouncing back with a knockout of Rousimar Palhares this past weekend at UFC on FX 6 in Australia.

Alvarez, who recently moved his fight camp to the Blackzilians team in South Florida, has two straight first-round knockouts since his upset loss to Michael Chandler at Bellator 58. That fight, regarded as one of the best of 2011, cost him his Bellator lightweight title when he was forced to tap in the fourth round of a back-and-forth fight. He had a seven-fight win streak prior to that loss, his only setback in Bellator.

Alvarez long has been considered one of the top lightweights not in the UFC, along with current Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. In April, he avenged one of only three losses on his record when he stopped Shinya Aoki with punches in the first round. Aoki submitted Alvarez in 2008 in Japan. And in October, in what could prove to be his final Bellator fight, he stopped Patricky "Pitbull" Freire with a head-kick knockout late in the first round.

Alvarez's resume also includes wins over current Bellator featherweight champ Pat Curran in the lone defense of his Bellator lightweight title, Roger Huerta, Josh Neer and Joachim Hansen. But the one criticism has been that he hasn't faced the level of competition the UFC's 155-pound class has to offer.

Sometime before the end of the calendar year, it could be revealed whether he'll get that opportunity, or if Bellator will retain him to keep one of its biggest stars on the roster just before January's new deal with Spike TV.

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/bellator-reviewing-eddie-alvarezs-ufc-offer-with-choice-of-match-or-let-him-go


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 Post subject: Eduardo Dantas Puts Bantamweight Title On The Line
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:27 am 
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Eduardo Dantas Puts Bantamweight Title On The Line In Bellator 89 Headliner


Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas is set to put his title on the line against fellow Brazilian Marcos Galvao on Feb. 14 at Bellator 89. The event, according to promotion officials, takes place at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C.

The fight was originally supposed to have taken place during Season 7, but has been delayed due to Dantas suffering a knockout loss on a special fundraising event in Brazil, outside of Bellator’s promotional arm.

Healthy and ready to go, Dantas will instead now face Galvao as part of the upcoming season, which launches in January on Spike TV.

“I feel great, and I’m ready to defend my belt,” said Dantas. “It seems like I’ve been away from the Bellator cage for a while, and I’m ready to face Marcos. I consider Marcos a friend, but all that goes away when we step into the cage. I’m going to show the world why I am the Bellator bantamweight champion.”

Bellator 89 will also feature the opening round of Bellator’s highly anticipated Season 8 middleweight tournament.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting The Bojangles’ Coliseum Box Office. The event will broadcast live starting at 10 p.m. EST on Spike TV, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com starting at 8 p.m. EST.

http://www.mmaweekly.com/eduardo-dantas-puts-bantamweight-title-on-the-line-in-bellator-89-headliner


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 Post subject: Ed Herman Crosses Promotions To Face ‘Jacare’ Souza
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:31 am 
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Ed Herman Crosses Promotions To Face ‘Jacare’ Souza At January Strikeforce Event


UFC middleweight Ed ‘Short Fuse’ Herman (20-8, 1NC) will cross promotions to meet former Strikeforce champ Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (16-3, 1NC) in a 194-lbs catchweight bout at next months Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine event.

The announcement was made by Strikeforce on Thursday when they released the full-lineup for the January card.

Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine is expected to take place on January 12, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Herman steps in for an injured Lorenz Larkin who is out with a knee injury. Souza was a replacement fighter himself, stepping in for injured champ Luke Rockhold.

When Herman steps into the Strikeforce cage, he will become the first UFC fighter to transition to it’s sister promotion. Heavyweight Frank Mir was to earlier this fall versus Daniel Cormier but an injury forced him out of that fight.

‘Short Fuse’ had a decision loss overturned to a “No Contest” in his last fight after opponent Jake Shields failed a post-fight drug test at UFC 150. Previous to that match, Herman had won three straight, all finishes. He submitted Clifford Starks at UFC 143 and Kyle Noke at UFC on Versus 5. While stopping Tim Credeur via TKO at the TUF 13 Finale.

Souza has won two straight and is 6-1 in his last seven matches. He stepped in as a late replacement for Bristol Marunde this summer at the Rousey vs. Kaufman event to KO opponent Derek Brunson in 41-seconds. ‘Jacare’ also submitted Marunde in a previous bout in March of this year in the third round of an Ohio event. The loss was to Luke Rockhold in which Souza lost the middleweight title by decision.

http://www.themmanews.com/ed-herman-crosses-promotions-to-face-jacare-souza-at-january-strikeforce-event/


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 Post subject: Aleksander Emelianenko Retires From MMA
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:19 am 
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Eight-Time PRIDE Veteran Aleksander Emelianenko Retires From MMA


Aleksander Emelianenko (21-6), an eight-tine PRIDE veteran and the younger brother of former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, is done with MMA.

The 31-year-old recently announced via Facebook his decision to retire.

"I want to thank you for your support, for having supported me in spite of all that they say about me," Emelianenko wrote in his native Russian. "Unfortunately, I will not be able to perform in the ring because of health problems caused by old injuries."

Emelianenko made his professional debut in 2003 with a split-decision win over Assuerio Silva. He would go on to post eight wins in his first nine career fights, and three sub-60-second knockouts coupled with an intimidating assortment of tattoos made him a popular figure. Those tattoos would go on to be a source of controversy as he allegedly collected several of them during a stint in prison, though he often denied he spent any time in jail.

Despite his success in Russia and Japan, Emelianenko never fought in the U.S. He was scheduled to fight Paul Buentello at 2008's "Affliction: Banned" event but was pulled from the card at the last moment when California State Athletic Commission officials announced that he was unable to meet their licensing standards.

Emelianenko would go on to win 17 of his first 20 fights but lost in each of his biggest opportunities as he was finished in bouts with Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.

Emelianenko fought most recently in November, when he was submitted by 60-fight veteran Jeff Monson via north-south choke. He finishes his MMA career on a run of 4-3 in his past seven fights.

Emelianenko also boxed professionally once in his career. The 2009 heavyweight bout ended in a majority draw.

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/eight-time-pride-veteran-aleksander-emelianenko-retires


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 Post subject: Zach Makovsky Released From Bellator
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Former Champion Zach Makovsky Released From Bellator


In a strange turn of events just one fight after losing the Bellator bantamweight title, former champion Zach Makovsky has been released from the organization.

Makovsky announced the news via Twitter on Sunday.

“Honestly shocked but thank you for the opportunity Bellator,” wrote Makovsky.

In a later message he wrote responding to a fan, “Yes released but as every door closes new ones, maybe better ones, open.”

During his time with Bellator, Makovsky amassed a 6-2 record including his run to win the Bellator bantamweight title before losing the belt to Eduardo Dantas earlier this year.

Makovsky dropped his second fight in a row losing by split decision to Anthony Leone just earlier this month, and now he finds himself on the outside looking in with Bellator.

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 Post subject: Score FS Made Big Moves In 2012
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Score FS Made Big Moves In 2012, Looks Forward To More Growth In The New Year


Perhaps no promotion made more strides to expand its audience like the Score Fighting Series.

Based in Canada, the official fight promotion of The Score sports network, Score FS gained a wider exposure in 2012 by expanding into new territories and finished out the year broadcasting events in the United States on AXS Television.

While the promotion’s growth may have seemed easy, according to promoter Brendan Fyfe, it wasn’t as simple as it might have appeared.

“There was a lot of stuff that was going on in the background this past year because we are owned by a television network, which ended up being sold, so there was a lot of things going on that were affecting the series that didn’t really have anything to do with the series,” he said.

“In spite of that, I think we had some of our best events and I feel as a promotion, we gained a lot of notoriety this year. We found a real core of guys who have fought for us a number of times now that have performed admirably this year. The fighters gave us great content and action for the fans. Our TV ratings have been outstanding thanks in part to our deal with AXS TV. It’s been a great year for us all around.”

In particular, Fyfe pointed out two fighters he feels really optimized the success of Score FS.

“I think the two guys that really stand out for me this year are Jesse Ronson and Rick Glenn,” said Fyfe. “Those are the two guys who had breakthrough performances.

“Rick Glenn came up here from Duke Roufus’ camp in Milwaukee and we really didn’t know much about him, and he really put it on two of the top 145-pounders in Canada (in Tristan Johnson and Lyndon Whitlock). Jesse had breakout performances against Alex Ricci and Ryan Healy. We actually thought they were going to be much tougher fights for him, but Jesse was the hammer and not the nail in both of those fights.”

With the sale of The Score network to be finalized sometime in early 2013, Fyfe told MMAWeekly.com that the promotion will be looking to pick things back up after a couple months off to start the year.

“Once we get the sale approved and everything in scheduled, we won’t have any more delays,” he said. “For me it will be easier once we start getting fighters booked and be able to book them further out in advance, have the dates committed to, it will be better for us and better for the fighter.”

“We’re looking at the first show being late March/early April and then every eight weeks or so after that. We should be able to get in five or more shows done in 2013.”

If there is one word to encapsulate what the Score FS wants to achieve next year it is: growth.

“A year from now I would like to see the Score FS more widely distributed,” said Fyfe. “We have a lot of international licensing deals that we put on hold while we are waiting to get this sale resolved. I’d like to see us have a couple fights outside our core bases.

“I think 2013 will be a continuation of our growth.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/score-fs-made-big-moves-in-2012-looks-forward-to-more-growth-in-the-new-year


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 Post subject: Kurt Southern Signs With MFC
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Canadian Lightweight Kurt Southern Signs With The Maximum Fighting Championship


The Maximum Fighting Championship has added another strong talent to its lightweight division with the signing of Canadian standout Kurt Southern.

Southern (10-3) will make his organizational debut at MFC 36: Reality Check on Friday, February 15 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, product will be part of the main card airing live on AXS TV Fights with his opponent to be determined in the near future.

“I’m really excited to fight for the MFC on AXS TV,” said Southern, who agreed to a multi-fight deal. “It’s a huge opportunity for me. The MFC puts on awesome shows and I can’t wait to be part of that.

“I’m coming to the MFC to put the hurt on the lightweight division. I can’t wait to make an impact in the division. Fans can expect an aggressive style from me – non-stop pressure.

“I want the belt and sometime in 2013, Mark Pavelich will be strapping that belt to my waist.”

Southern (Twitter: @kurtsouthern) carries the third three-fight winning streak of his career into the MFC, with the current run bolstered by a first-round submission victory over Mukai Maromo, who will be the co-headliner at MFC 36 as he takes on Graham Spencer for the MFC’s 155-pound division title. Southern’s current streak includes wins over Jorge Britto and Brad Cardinal, and he has picked up notable career victories over Martin Grandmont, Evan Sanguin, and Kevin Manderson.

Six of Southern’s wins have come by submission where he has put his substantial wrestling background to good use. Southern captured 13 provincial titles and was a five-time medalist at nationals before suiting up with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies wrestling team for two years.

http://www.themmanews.com/canadian-lightweight-kurt-southern-signs-with-the-maximum-fighting-championship/


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 Post subject: Antonio McKee Looking To Retire
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Antonio McKee Looking To Retire After Facing Shinya Aoki On NYE



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 Post subject: Mark Hominick Decided In The Cage
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Mark Hominick Decided In The Cage At UFC 154 That He Would Retire


There was more than a little bit of shock in the MMA world on Tuesday when veteran UFC featherweight Mark Hominick abruptly announced his retirement.

At just 30 years of age, Hominick wasn’t an old man for fighting by any means and it was just four fights ago he was competing for the UFC featherweight title.

The essence of his retirement actually stemmed from that moment, however.

According to Hominick, who dropped his next three fights in a row following the loss to 145-pound champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129, he didn’t want to be just another middle of the road fighter, competing for fight night bonuses and where his best compliment was being told he was an exciting fighter.

“I trained to win that fight, I had every intention to win that fight, but I think I knew that if I wasn’t winning that fight that I was going to make that decision. I’m moving on to the next chapter of my life; there’s a lot of reasons for that. I believe I belong amongst the best in the division. I believe I belong with the Jose Aldos and those guys, and if I’m not competing at that level, then I think it’s time for me to walk away,” Hominick told MMAWeekly Radio on Wednesday.

Hominick has definitely been in his share of wars inside the Octagon, and the Canadian never took it as an insult that people looked at him to always bring excitement to the cage when he performed. The end result, however, had to translate into wins and a move closer to the top of the division or Hominick wasn’t going to be happy with his performance.

“I’m not here just to put on an exciting fight and kind of be an Arturo Gatti type fighter, who goes in there and lays it on the line, because I believe I belong amongst the best,” said Hominick. “I don’t think I’ve been performing to the level that I expect of myself, and I want to be the guy wearing the belt, and fighting for that belt as opposed to that guy that goes and puts on an exciting fight.”

When the announcement was made, just about everyone wondered if Hominick was making a snap decision after losing four fights in a row, most recently dropping a decision to Pablo Garza at UFC 154. He admits that if the fight had ended differently, he would probably still be fighting, but Hominick didn’t win and that made the decision to retire a no-brainer.

“For sure, I definitely would have kept another fight, but I think things in life happen for a reason. That first round I showed a lot of shades of who I am as a fighter with my skills in that fight. I put him down, dropped him with a body shot, and I think I had the opportunity to finish him, but it didn’t happen, so I think things in life happen for a reason. That just speaks for it there,” said Hominick.

When the fight with Garza was over, Hominick had already made up his mind in terms of his future in the cage. Before Bruce Buffer even had a chance to read the final call, Hominick spoke to his coaches and said that was the end of the road for him.

“In the cage, I said it to my trainers before they announced the winner. I walked over to them and said ‘that was it, that was my last fight.’ So I don’t think you’re going to be more honest with yourself than in the heat of battle, in that cage. Because I remember when I got home that Monday I was like no, I want another fight, I want to do it again,” Hominick admitted.

“But again, you’re not going to be more honest with yourself than in that moment, when you’re living by what you do and what you’re driven by.”

So now, as Hominick moves on to the next stage of his career, he’s not walking away from mixed martial arts, just his own fight career. Hominick will still be leading a group of fighters at Team Tompkins, the squad started and founded by his late teacher, mentor, and friend Shawn Tompkins.

Hominick plans on remaining a part of the UFC in whatever capacity they see fit, possibly as a brand ambassador to help continue the sport’s growth in his home country of Canada.

But what about that competitive drive that runs so deep inside of every athlete?

Is there a crack in the door? Is the window left slightly open for a return to the cage?

“I think I have to approach the next phase of my career like I approached the way I fought, and the way I treated my fighting and training, and that was going full steam ahead,” Hominick stated about his commitment to retirement.

“I think that’s the way I’m moving forward.”

http://www.mmaweekly.com/mark-hominick-decided-in-the-cage-at-ufc-154-that-he-was-retiring


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