Mark Hominick announces retirement on UFC Tonight

Former UFC featherweight title contender Mark Hominick has announced his retirement at the age of 30.

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Hominick made the announcement on Tuesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV and will finish his UFC career with a 1-4 record.

During UFC Tonight, he stated that he is ready to take the next phase in his career and is expecting another child.

“Over the last 11 years, I’ve followed my passion in the UFC. Now, I’ll say UFC 154 was my last fight in the Octagon as I’m retiring and moving on to next phase of my career,” Hominick said. “I have a young daughter at home and another on the way. I’ll always be involved in the sport. But I know the commitment I have to make. I have to make a commitment to this as I have to fighting in the past.”

After winning his UFC debut against George Roop by TKO in the first round, he secured a title shot against Jose Aldo at UFC 129 in Toronto. Aldo controlled the first four rounds of the fight, but nearly scored a stoppage victory in the final round when he had Aldo on his back.

Even though he lost to Aldo, Hominick did call the fight the highlight of his career.

“I’d have to say fighting against Jose Aldo for the title. It put me on the map. I felt like I was competing in obscurity before that fight. I got to fight in front of 55,000 people in my home country and it really put me on the map in MMA world. I got to show people who I was as a fighter and a man.”

He will finish his career with a record of 20-12 and 16 of those wins came by stoppage, with 9 of those victories coming by knockout and the other 7 coming by submission. He will be remembered for his UFC performances against Aldo and Eddie Yagin, which he won the fight of the night bonus and as a fighter that was always looking to finish his opponent.