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Mark Hominick interview: The head’s fine, the hand not so much

We recently had a chance to fire off some questions to Mark Hominick, who’s gutsy performance at UFC 129 against Jose Aldo raised his status in the featherweight division despite a decision loss. His thoughts on the fight, future opponents, and his current physical condition are all discussed. Enjoy!

First off, how is everything going with your new baby girl?

Being a father is an amazing experience. It is something that people can try to explain to you before it happens, but experiencing it first hand is truly something special. My wife and baby Raeya are both happy and healthy, thanks!

How are you feeling physically after your fight at UFC 129?

Pysically I healed within 2 weeks after the fight at UFC 129, but I unfortunately I broke my hand that week after returning to training. The hand is healing properly and I will be able to start sparring in a couple of weeks. The swelling from the fight looked a lot worse than it was, and drastically went down after 2 hours of ice after the fight.

Have you had a chance to go back and watch that fight?

I watched the fight on the Wednesday a few day afterwords and felt a lot better about the performance. I was obviously disappointed that I did not get the win, but after watching it I realized it was a great fight and a lot closer than I first concluded. I felt at the end of the second and third round I was beginning to take over and dictate the pace of the fight until the knockdown.  The knockdown really changed the momentum of the fight until the 5th.

Your entrance at UFC 129 was one of the best of all time. Did you pick that song or was that brought to you by the UFC?

I received a lot of feedback from the entrance. I heard the song a month before the fight while I was training, and just thought it was so fiting for the situation and opportunity fighting for the world title in my home province.

If you were matchmaker Joe Silva, who would have you fight next? Who would get the next title shot?

I think the fight to make for myself would be the Korean Zombie for a few reasons. First off, the fans are wanting to see that matchup, secondly we both have wins over Garcia and would make an exciting fight for the fans.

I feel bad for Chad Mendes, since he is truly deserving of the title shot, but it is really hard to market a big title fight when a lot of the general public and UFC fan does not know who he is, whereas every fan is familiar with Kenny Florian and it is a fight that can be marketed to the masses.

If the UFC tells you to write down 3 fighters on a piece of paper who you want to fight most, who are they – and in what order?

Korean Zombie, Hatsu Hioki, Jose Aldo.

Thanks very much Mark. Anyone you’d like to give a shout out to?

I really appreciate the overwhelming support I have been receiving from all the fans after UFC 129, it is greatly appreciated.  Anyone looking for any info on myself follow me on twitter @markhominick Thanks again!

  • Symbul

    Raeya? I didn’t know Hominick was black.

  • G Funk

    Holy chit, exclusive fighter interviews? FL really has been bought out by a better company!

  • Spicoli

    Nice one.

  • glassjawsh

    didn’t think id ever see real journalism on the FL. someone get the boat and ski jump, and ill round up some sharks….

  • fightlinker

    Yep, interviews ahoy :-) Got a list of people we’re going to be reaching out to over the coming weeks. Hope you guys enjoy them

  • Blackula Jonez

    How akward will it be when you are only get to interview fighters you have shitted on in the past.


    Should of also asked him how he feels about hatsuo hioki coming to the ufc.

  • Shibo

    I had no idea that is was possible to have one of the most epic entrances of all time to a song by P. Diddy. Live and learn, I guess. I didn’t even notice the entrance at all until it was brought up here. Maybe you had to be there.

  • Letibleu

    Meanwhile in other news:

  • Letibleu

    double post.

  • FiveBoltMain

    ryan, how do you expect to interview gsp if you’re going to be staring at his junk the whole time?

  • Sodomize Intolerance

    @Shibo: You really did have to be there.  The crowd went nuts for it.  Although Randy’s fifth retirement got twice the ovation.

  • Redping

    I hate that song, P.Diddy pointlessly raps for more money over the top of generic girl-singing. Is the awesomness of his entrance simply because it says ‘i’m coming home’ and hominick was at home? Call me crazy but even for my homeboy Mark I can’t feel any emotion when P.Diddy’s processed meat flavoured pop music is still out there pretending it doesn’t blow. He should’ve come out to ‘every step you take’

  • P W

    I have to agree with Redping. Nothing special about that entrance. I guess you have to be Canadian to get it. For everyone else the sight of the Maple Leaf does NOT make you feel all warm inside.

  • frickshun

    Oh shit!! Redping is a music snob too!! If he was fighting Homonick, he would’ve come out to this: