If Mark Hominick has his way, we’ll see him back in the octagon at UFC 140 in Toronto.
“More than likely, I’ll be on that card because I know the UFC would be happy to have me on that card,” he said Wednesday shortly after a round of golf at Cobble Hills. “I’m ready, willing and able for that date.”
The UFC confirmed Wednesday it would stage a mixed martial arts event Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre, following the record-setting success of UFC 129 at Rogers Centre.
There were 55,724 fans there, and at the end of the featherweight title fight, they were on their feet cheering as Hominick rallied but came up short against Jose Aldo on April 30.
“This is a bit of a longer layoff than what I’m used to,” Hominick said about the time between potential bouts. “I feel I perform better when I’m fighting probably three or four times a year.
“But if I do fight in December, this will be my third fight of the year, so I’m on pace.”
After UFC 129, Hominick said he fed off the energy of the crowd at the Rogers Centre during his spirited bout, which was named fight of the night. Would it be a comedown to compete in the much smaller Air Canada Centre?
“To tell you the truth, I think it would be louder in that venue,” said Hominick, adding that it was too early to tell who an opponent might be in December. “I think it’s just the layout. I’ve been in Montreal when the Bell Centre’s been sold out … and it’s louder than the Rogers Centre.
“Everyone’s a little closer and it’s a little bit more of a bowl.”
RC or ACC, Hominick is headed to his next fight confident after his performance on the UFC’s biggest stage ever.
“My coaches always believed in me, I always believed in myself, but I guess just got out there and proved to the rest of the world that I can hang with the best,” he said about his Rogers Centre performance. “Now, I don’t want to just hang with them, I want to beat them. That’s my goal now.”