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The Northern Touch:
News and Notes from Canadian MMA

By Kelsey Mowatt

This inaugural edition of The Northern Touch on www.fcfighter.com brings word from TKO Super Lightweight Champion Mark Hominick on his recent title defense over Ryan Diaz at September 30th’s TKO 22. Also in this week’s column, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Joe Doerksen shares his thoughts on his recent win over Brendan Seguin at King of the Cage: Firestorm and his upcoming fight with Jason Macdonald.

Mark "The Machine" Hominick: Ready for All Comers

Team Tompkins fighter Mark "The Machine" Hominick, defended his TKO Super Lightweight Championship last weekend at TKO 22, by stopping Team Gibson veteran Ryan Diaz in the third round with strikes. For Hominick, now 23, the win is now the second time he has defeated Diaz by TKO, with their first fight ending in the second round due to a cut at TKO 13. The first fight featured Hominick dominating the standing action with strikes, and soon led to Diaz attempting to end the fight from the ground. Hominick was able to avoid any submission attempts from Diaz on his back however, and opened the cut that eventually stopped the fight with a barrage of punches onto the Gibson fighter. At TKO 22, however, Diaz continued to press the action standing, a tactic that surprised the Super Lightweight Champion, considering Hominick’s striking capabilities.

"I did not think Diaz would stand up as long as he did, I figured he would stand until I began to get the better of him, but not for the entirety of the fight," says Hominick. "I knew being a 5-round fight, the later into the rounds the fight went, the more I would dictate the pace and control the action."

Eight of Diaz’s 11 victories had all come via submission, although recently at TKO 20, the Port Moody fighter dominated Phillipe Lagace with strikes ending the fight in the first round. Hominick quickly noticed Diaz’s revamped striking game at TKO 22.

"He has improved immensely; he is much more methodical and calm in his attacks. The first time I fought him he threw a lot of flying knees and punches but in this fight he was attempting more combinations and set ups."

Hominick, who carries a 16-0 record in kickboxing and has held numerous titles such as the ISKA Super Welterweight Kickboxing Championship, maintains he was never really in trouble during the fight, despite Diaz’s improved stand up skills.

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