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UFC fighter Mark Hominick announced plans to hang up his gloves and retire. On this week's episode of UFC Tonight on Fuel TV, Hominick confirmed that his recent fight—which he lost—against Pablo Garza at UFC 154 will be his last fight inside the Octagon. He leaves behind a professional record of 20-12.
The Canadian fighter went professional in 2002 and made his UFC debut in 2006. He is a former TKO Featherweight Champion and also has a background in competitive kickboxing. Hominick competed against Joe Aldo in 2011 in a Featherweight Championship fight in his home country of Canada, and despite coming up short, the fight proved to be one of his most memorable. After a successful 11-year career, Hominick is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life.
"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 the next phase of my career," said the featherweight fighter, "I truly got to live my passion and follow my dreams by competing in mixed martial arts." (Don't forget to check out STACK's MMA guide.)
He continued: "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."
When asked about his future, Mark Hominick explained, "I'm not rushing into anything. Mixed martial arts is my passion and it drives me every day. I'm taking a step away from the Octagon, but not the sport. I'm sure I'll find my way. The UFC has been one big family for me, and I'll always be a part of it."
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