With two strikes already in the books, Mark Hominick is simply hoping to stay in the game.
The perennial featherweight contender has been scheduled to meet former Tachi Palace Fights champion Eddie Yagin at UFC 145. Promotion officials confirmed the bout on Tuesday.
A 29-year-old Ontario native, Hominick (20-10) recently met a stunning end after being floored by "The Korean Zombie", Chan Sung Jung, in just seven seconds at UFC 140. The surprise finish piggybacked off a UFC 129 title loss to Jose Aldo to deliver "The Machine" his first losing streak since 2007. Prior to his recent slump, Hominick racked up five-straight wins over noteworthy opponents such as Leonard Garcia, George Roop, and Bryan Caraway.
Across the cage, the 32-year-old Yagin (15-5-1) hopes to rebound from a disappointing UFC debut in which he emerged on the wrong side of a listless decision against Junior Assuncao. A well-rounded veteran with over a decade of experience, "The Filipino Phenom" holds notable victories over Joe Neri, Casey Olson, and former Bellator champion Joe Soto.
In addition, a lightweight bout between Mark Bocek and Matt Wiman has been scheduled for the March event.
A 30-year-old Canadian with ten UFC appearances to his credit, Bocek (10-4) has alternated wins over Nik Lentz and Dustin Hazelett with losses to Ben Henderson and Jim Miller since 2010. He'll face Wiman (14-6), a 28-year-old veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 5" who recently capped a string of three wins in four fights with a victory over Mac Danzig. The performance earned "Handsome" his fourth "Fight of the Night" bonus.
UFC 145 is slated for March 24th, 2012 in Montreal, Canada and is expected to be held at the Bell Centre. A headlining bout has not been announced.
UFC 145 fight card:
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
Heavyweight: Chad Griggs vs. Travis Browne
Heavyweight: Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell
Featherweight: Mark Hominick vs. Eddie Yagin
Lightweight: Mark Bocek vs. Matt Wiman