wanted to use an excuse for his seven-second knockout
loss to Chan Sung
at UFC 140, he’d have a good one.
Tompkins -- Hominick’s longtime trainer, friend and mentor --
died of a heart attack in the months before the bout. But that
didn’t cause the defeat, said Hominick.
“There’s no excuses,” he told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I went out there, fought out
of character and paid the price. I had a lot to prove. I wanted to
prove so much, and by doing that I fought out of character and he
hit me with a good right hand. That’s the end of the story.”
Hominick entered the Dec. 10 fight on the heels of a gutsy showing
in April against Jose Aldo. He
had gone 25 minutes with the UFC featherweight champion, but only
made it a few seconds against Jung. It may not have helped that
Hominick was fighting in Toronto -- just a couple of hours from his
“It was a pretty tough loss,” he said. “I was in very good shape,
had a good mindset, but again, I came out so aggressively and just
out of character.”
It was a performance issue, not a lack of preparation. Hominick
explained that Tompkins’ death had actually inspired his training
camp for the fight.
“Honestly, it motivated me throughout the camp, just knowing that I
wanted to get in there and prove that we’re going to carry on his
legacy and we’re going to carry on his name by fighting and
winning,” Hominick said. “It motivated me throughout the camp, but
again, I came out out of character. Maybe if Shawn was there, he
would have slapped me straight, but it is what it is. It was a
tough loss, but I didn’t sit and dwell on it too much. The way you
get rid of that is you come out there and you win. That’s what I’m
focused on doing.”
Hominick will try to bounce back April 21 when he takes on Eddie Yagin
at UFC 145.
“He always comes to fight, and that’s what I like,” Hominick said
of his opponent. “I like guys that get in your face and want to
throw down. … He’s got a cannon for a right hand. That’s one thing.
He’s got a good guillotine. He’s a well-rounded fighter and he’s
In preparation for the match, Hominick has been training with
veteran fighter and coach Jeff Curran.
They’re old friends -- Curran has cornered Hominick before -- but
in Tompkins’ absence, Curran’s presence is even more crucial.
“Jeff’s been involved with MMA to the core for a long time,”
Hominick said. “He’s had almost a 15-year career. He’s had 50
fights and he’s got that experience and he’s also on the mat with
you every day. It’s nice. I have a lot of confidence. I think
that’s a big thing, is just being confident in your coach and in
your corner. That’s one thing I always had with Shawn and that’s
one thing I have with Jeff as well.”
Hominick hopes that confidence will translate into a victory over
Yagin, who lost his UFC debut against Junior
Assuncao in September. It’s a fight Hominick needs to win to
avoid a three-bout losing streak.
“I think in the UFC every fight’s a must-win,” he said. “That’s how
important the fights are and how much pressure the fighters have on
them. But I’m so far removed from thinking, ‘Oh, this puts me here
or there.’ I’m thinking about going out there and winning. That’s
it. I think what got me to the title shot with Aldo was just
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