UFC 145 in Montreal Gets Hominick-Yagin, Bocek-Wiman Bouts

By Sherdog.com Staff Jan 3, 2012
Less than a month after suffering a stunning knockout loss at UFC 140, recent featherweight title contender Mark Hominick has been handed his next assignment.

Hominick, 29, has verbally agreed to lock horns with 32-year-old “Filipino Phenom” Eddie Yagin at UFC 145, promotion officials announced on Tuesday. Also agreed upon for the card, set to take place March 24 in Montreal, is a lightweight contest between Mark Bocek and Matt Wiman.

A headlining attraction has yet to be announced for UFC 145, which will mark the company’s fifth visit to Montreal’s Bell Centre and first since UFC 124 in December 2010.

On Dec. 10, before a partisan crowd in London, Ontario, Hominick was upset by “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, who destroyed the Canadian “Machine” with a blistering 7-second knockout. Hominick now looks to rebound from the first two-fight losing skid of his Zuffa career, having dropped a grueling, five-round decision to divisional ace Jose Aldo in April.

An MMA veteran of more than 11 years, Yagin punched his ticket to the Octagon by submitting former Bellator champ Joe Soto at Tachi Palace Fights 10 in August. The Hilo, Hawaii, native stumbled in his UFC debut, however, as Yagin was dominated by Junior Assuncao at UFC 135 in September.

Bocek, 30, comes fresh off a Dec. 10 unanimous decision over Nik Lentz, a victory in which Bocek halted Lentz’s 15-fight unbeaten streak. In the past 12 months, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist has topped Lentz and Dustin Hazelett while falling to top lightweight contender Ben Henderson.

Representing Gilbert Melendez’s Skrap Pack team, 28-year-old Wiman went 2-1 inside the Octagon in 2011 and went the 15-minute distance in all three bouts. After beginning his year with a unanimous nod over Cole Miller, Wiman was outpointed by Dennis Siver in July before rebounding with an October win against Mac Danzig.


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