I received the report like most everyone else had from UFC Tonight on Fuel TV that Hominick was retiring from Octagon after his Decision loss at UFC 154 fight against Pablo Garza. I not going to deny it, I was stunned but not shocked that my buddy from London has decided to hang them up and move on the next chapter in his illustrious career. He had decided he needs to put the time and dedication into his growing family that he once put into fighting, and in order to be where he needs to be doing both wasn’t a choice he was ready to do. At 30 years old, I can imagine this had to be a very difficult decision. Many believe most mixed martial arts athletes find this time their MMA prime. Although Mark has already had an 11 year pro Career. However he did state that he isn’t stepping completely away from the sport. He will continue to run his gym Adrenaline Training Centre in London and of course would continue on the Team Tompkins Legacy in a different manner by working as a trainer, mentor and coach many young fighters.
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Personally I have now had a day to reflect on what has just happened to the sport here in Canada. Mark is a pioneer of the sport here and he has contributed I’m making us as what UFC president calls us the Mecca of MMA. Another thing you may not know as a casual or new fan other than the enormous hematoma on his forehead at UFC 129 that Mark was and continues to be a very large voice in getting MMA sanctioned in Ontario by lobbying and meeting with politicians and governments. He will still continue to do so by trying to get politicians to amend the criminal code of Canada to include MMA as a prizefight.
When we look back in few years and new fighters are taking over this sport don’t forget to look at MMA’s roots here in Canada as there will be a few names associated with getting this sport the notoriety it has here and I guarantee Mark will be in those history books.
Mark personally I must thank you for all your great fights, great nights, and helping this sport evolve here in Canada and the rest of the world. Wishing you great success at whatever it is you do in the future.
Paul Gray is the owner of The Cage Report and can be reached at email@example.com