This past weekend’s card at UFC 129 was headlined by Georges St. Pierre and Jake Shields, but the fight of the night came prior to the main event. Mark Hominik, in his home country, stepped inside the cage with Jose Aldo, who is considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC and absolutely stole the show. Not too many people gave Hominik a chance, but after he looked down and out and after it looked like he wasn’t going to be able to continue any further, Hominik picked himself up and turned it into a five-round battle with both fighters exchanging blows and leaving the ring with bloody and bruised faces.
Hominik gave the featherweight champion all he could handle despite having a huge hematoma on his head. It was one of the most grotesque things that I have ever seen inside the cage and guts and the fight that Hominik showed despite having a huge lump on his head was something to be admired.
Mark Hominik joined The Fan 590 in Toronto with Andrew Krystal to talk about his fight with Jose Aldo, how his head is doing after looking so grotesque, what happened following the fight, how he looks now after a few days to heal, when he felt he had Aldo hurt, and what Dana White told him following the fight.
How his head is doing:
“It was superficial. It looked a lot worse than it was. A pair of black eyes but the swelling is down and it looked a lot worse than it was in the fight.”
What happened following the fight:
“I went to the hospital, got a CAT scan, everything was there, made sure nothing was broken, and nothing was broken and the CAT scan was completely fine. I put some ice on it and within two hours the swelling was gone.”
How he looks a few days after the fight:
“Both eyes are black and blue. A little swelling in the face but nothing serious. I’m wearing sunglasses and I can hide under them.”
On having Aldo hurt late in the fight and feeling like he almost had it won:
“I think with the four minute mark he was waiting for the bell to ring. That’s just it. I was giving everything I had in my effort to finish the fight because I knew I was down. Besides from the knockdown I believe it was pretty close throughout the fight. He just had heavy hands and any time he landed a clean punch he did damage and I think that was the difference in the fight.”
When he felt he had Aldo hurt:
“You know what I hurt him early. A lot of people were talking about he was getting tired, he was tired I think because I hit him in the body. Even in the first round I hit him with a couple hard liver shots. That’s like my patented punch and I always attack the body on everybody. It takes your will to fight and I think that’s why he changed up the game plan and took me to the mat.”
On the toughness of the fight:
“For sure. It was a war and we got fight of the night for a reason. He did a lot of damage but like I said I inflicted a lot of damage on him and almost got the finish in the fifth round.”
How much the crowd support helped:
“It was just a constant stream, that’s what I was hearing. It just made me try that much harder. I think I proved there is no quit in me. I know I was supposed to go in there and I wasn’t supposed to make it out of the first round, but I was just trying to finish him. I wanted that belt so bad.”
What Dana White said following the fight:
“Oh they were thrilled. They were like heal up and we want you back as soon as you can. In another two fights you will get another crack at the title. I know some of the things I have to work on to take him out. I don’t think he would be lining up to fight me to tell you the honest truth.”
Listen to Mark Hominik on The Fan 590 in Toronto here (Audio begins 1:30 into the podcast)