Mark Hominick retires from MMA

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC’s featherweight division finds itself one member shorter as former title contender Mark “The Machine” Hominick announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Dec. 11.

Hominick made the announcement that he would leave the sport on Fuel TV’sUFC Tonight.”

“I truly got to live my passion and follow my dreams by competing in mixed martial arts, especially under the Zuffa banner, but UFC 154, that’s the last fight I’ll be in the octagon, as I’m retiring and looking to move on to the next phase of my career.”

The UFC 154 fight Hominick was referring to was decision loss to Pablo Garza. The loss to Garza is the latest in a four-fight losing streak for Hominick. He will be ending his career with an overall record of 20-12.

The Machine had name for himself in his native country of Canada, winning the Canadian Super-Lightweight and TKO Major League Featherweight championship.

However it the highlight of his career would be his performance in the UFC Featherweight championship fight against Jose Aldo back at UFC 129 in front of his countrymen.

Aldo, known for being one of most brutal fighters in MMA, controlled Hominick for much of the fight. Despite a hematoma growing out of his head, Hominick fought like a warrior and went to a decision with Aldo, becoming one of only four fighters at the time to go the distance with the featherweight champion (Kenny Florian would be the fifth fighter to do this at UFC 136).

Although Hominick said that he wants to put his focus into his family, he added that he will continue to be involved with mixed martial arts.

Hominick has been apart of Team Tompkins and I am sure he will continue to help train his teammates as well as pass his skills and knowledge to newer fighters down the road.

What was your favorite moment through Hominick’s career? Answer with a comment below or send a tweet to @alstover with the hashtag #RantMMA.

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