UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin is ready to bounce back after falling in his Octagon debut to Junior Assunção.
Yagin is also ready to meet an actual fighter rather than a runner.
"My loss to Junior didn't bother me but what irritates me was how he fought me," Yagin told Bleacher Report. "That's why he got cut."
"I tell everyone that no one wants to see a fighter who talks s--t and calls people out then runs away come fight time. I cam him a nay-nay-boo-boo fighter. It's like him saying, 'Come chase me.' He's afraid to throw a punch because he's afraid to get hit. Mark Hominick is completely different than that," said Yagin. "He's not afraid of either."
When it boils down, Yagin is just thankful for another chance to shine in the limelight.
In addition, not only was Yagin awarded an opportunity to fight Hominick, but also his very first main-card appearance.
"It means everything to me. Honestly, I didn't think the UFC knew who I was. I don't know if they saw some of my fights but they believe in me somehow," said Yagin. "I'm not going to disappoint anyone."
"The fact they put me on the main card means a lot. I'm just happy and I couldn't be any more happier to get this fight going and to put on a great show for the UFC," said Yagin.
Yagin won't have any easy task at hand as he'll meet arguably the best boxer in the UFC's featherweight division.
However, Hominick is on one of the worst stretches of his career, having lost two consecutive bouts to José Aldo and Chan-Sung Jung.
Nonetheless, Hominick remains one of the elite contenders in the 145-pound weight division.
"I know he has a lot of heart and he's tough. I know that his forehead is not going to be my target. If you can get hit that hard against José Aldo and still stand, then I want to try and aim other places. His chin will definitely be down and ready to go," said Yagin. "There's always ways through the cracks, though."
"I think this fight will go to the judge's scorecards. I can't say what's going to happen for sure, though. The first person to make a mistake will be the person to give up this fight. I think we'll both be really cautious early but at the same time explosive. The first mistake will lose this fight for someone," said Yagin.
While Yagin is certainly energized and focused on Hominick, his future dreams of bringing the UFC back to his home state of Hawaii remain alive and well.
"Bringing the UFC to Hawaii would be so awesome. I'd love to be on that card. I think it would be a great show and there's definitely enough guys to put a card together," said Yagin.
"It would be a dream come true."
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