MMA Power Rankings -- Featherweight
Monday, Dec. 12
He fought admirably for the featherweight title in front of 55,000 in Toronto at UFC 129, but at UFC 140, Mark Hominick -- again in front of his native crowd -- got clipped early and made it into the wrong end of the record books. Chan Sung Jung's seven-second knockout of Hominick tied Todd Duffee for the quickest in UFC history, making it an anticlimactic return for one of Ontario's proudest sons. Given the adversity that Hominick went through in recent months -- namely, losing his coach/mentor Shawn Tompkins -- it wasn't what he'd drawn up at all. But it's the cruel nature of the fight game, and Hominick was graceful in defeat, later approving of the stoppage.
He slips a little in this week's featherweight Power Rankings with the loss. Meanwhile a great fight between Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier looms for UFC 143 on Super Bowl weekend, which could easily establish a No. 1 contender for the winner of Chad Mendes/Jose Aldo, which is set for UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro. If the 145-pound division didn't look top-heavy enough, the "Ultimate Fighter 14" prizes are now introduced to the fold, too, with the season winner Diego Brandao looking every bit like a future contender in the division. In the next few months, 145 might become the most competitive weight class in MMA.