Seven-time UFC and WEC veteran Mark Hominick (20-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has announced he is to hang up his gloves and retire from the sport of MMA.

Speaking to UFC Tonight on FUEL TV, the 30 year-old Canadian and former number one contender for the UFC featherweight championship said he’s ready to move on to new horizons.

“I truly got to live my passion and follow my dreams by competing in mixed martial arts, especially under the Zuffa banner, but UFC 154, that’s the last fight I’ll be in the Octagon, as I’m retiring and looking forward to move on to the next phase of my career.”

Hominick’s greatest accomplishment in his MMA career would have to be earning a UFC featherweight title shot against Jose Aldo in his home country of Canada on April 2011 at UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields, where he lost in a hard-fought unanimous decision in front of over 55,000 fans.

His next fight was a shocking seven-second KO loss against Chan Sung Jung (“The Korean Zombie”) at UFC 140, before dropping another two fights to Pablo Garza and Eddie Yagin to finish his career on a painful four-fight losing streak.

Hominick went on to say that he’ll remain involved with MMA, but his family must now be his focus.

“As a family, I have a young daughter. I have another daughter on the way, and I think that’s the next phase of my life. I need to put focus into that.”

“I’m always going to be involved in the sport. This is my passion. This is what fuels me.”