The 5 best UFC fighters from Canada
#5 Mark Hominick
A phenomenally skilled and accurate striker in his prime, Hominick’s UFC story is a tale of two halves. He first came into the Octagon at 155lbs in 2006 – moving up from his natural 145lbs – and immediately made an impact by submitting the then-#1 ranked UFC Lightweight Yves Edwards with a shock triangle choke. A win over TUF star Jorge Gurgel followed, but for unknown reasons, he wasn’t brought back by Zuffa until they bought out the WEC in 2007 and added him to the Featherweight roster.
Hominick lost his first two WEC bouts, but then went on to win three in a row, and when the UFC absorbed the WEC’s roster in 2011, he was placed into a title eliminator against George Roop, with the winner earning a shot at Jose Aldo’s 145lbs belt. Hominick delivered a first-round knockout, which set up the biggest fight of his career – a fight with Aldo that would take place in Hominick’s hometown of Toronto, Ontario.
Hominick lost the fight by a unanimous decision, but most observers agreed that he’d given the Brazilian champion one of the toughest fights of his career, as despite suffering a bad head injury, he was able to win the final round of the fight. Unfortunately, Hominick’s career then went on a slide and three subsequent losses forced him into retirement. In his prime, though, he was one of Canada’s finest exports into the UFC and his title fight with Aldo remains a classic.