Mark “The Machine” Hominick (20-10-0) vs. Eddie “The Filipino Phenom” Yagin (15-5-1)
Both fighters will be looking for a win after having disappointing performances in both of their last fights. Mark coming of fight of the night winner against Jose Aldo did not show up in his next fight, as he was knocked out by Chang Sung Jung in just 7 seconds. It must be noted he was coming of the devastating loss of his long time trainer Shawn Tompkins. Eddie was built up before his UFC debut after having a great career on the regional circuit, but his debut did not go the way he wanted loosing a decision. It will be a fight to see who still belongs in the octagon.
Mark was on the cusp of being one of the tops in the division after a valiant performance against current Featherweight champion Jose Aldo. He will be looking to rebuild after a disappointing loss. Mark is known as more of a standup fighter, but also has a decent ground game. He will always look to stand since he has some of the best standup in the division. With Yagin, he will not have to worry about the ground game unless he brings it there.
Eddie will need to have worked on his cardio if he wants to win this fight. In his first fight he gassed early in the second round, and that may have just been jitters from being in the big show for the first time. Coming into this fight both of these fighters will feel like they have something to prove which usually makes for the best fights. For Edie to secure a win he will want to take the fight to the ground and control Hominick, because if he keeps it standing he will end up eating kicks and punches all night.
The Bottom Line: Hominick’s last loss has a lot to do with his mindset and being unlucky. While there is no such thing as a lucky punch there are ones that happen to be one in a million. That will not the case for this fight as Mark batters Eddie with standup en route to a early third round stoppage.