UFC 140 Fight Card: What a Win Would Mean for Mark Hominick

Andrew Barr@@andrewbarr8Correspondent IDecember 10, 2011

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Mark Hominick will make his long-awaited return to the octagon tonight at UFC 140 in Toronto.

The last time we saw Hominick in the cage was at the UFC's first ever event in Toronto, UFC 129, taking on Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight championship.

It was a losing effort for Hominick, but he was able to take Aldo to his limits in a gutsy performance that earned him the respect of MMA fans all over the world.

This evening, Hominick will look to rebound from that loss by taking out "The Korean Zombie," Chan Sung Jung.

Jung is one of the best fighters the featherweight division has to offer and is coming off an incredible submission victory over Leonard Garcia; Jung submitted Garcia with a twister, which had never been done before in the UFC.

It'll be a tough fight for Hominick and hugely beneficial to his career if he can pull out a win.  A win tonight would put him right back in the title picture.

The 145-pound weight class is arguably the UFC's weakest division and, apart from Chad Mendes, the division has no fighters who it would make sense to give a title shot to.

Although Hominick very recently fought for the title and lost decisively, it was a wildly entertaining fight and he almost pulled off a comeback in the final round.

Given the division's lack of contenders and how marketable a rematch with Aldo would be, there is no reason why the UFC wouldn't jump at the opportunity to throw Hominick into the title picture again.

If Hominick beats Jung, it probably wouldn't mean an immediate title shot, but it would likely put him just one win away.

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