by Dennis Fratella
Mark Hominick vs. Chan Sung Jung
Coming off a fight where an alien life form became embedded in his forehead going against Jose Aldo, Hominick’s endurance can’t be questioned. Hominick is a former kickboxing champion, and compiled a 21-0 record. Aside from the loss to Aldo, he had won his last 4 fights with 2 TKO’s and a submission, the other going to the judges in winning a split decision.
Chan Sung Jung is also a kickboxer who recorded a 15-6 record, who now has taken his talents into the Octagon, and is 11-4 so far, with 7 of the wins coming by submission. Aside from the “twister” move that he used to beat his last opponent (which it’s also worth noting that this move is so sick, it was the Submission of the Year for UFC 2011 season), he has lost 3 out of his last 4 fights. He has a great chin, and can definitely stand in harms’ way without being fazed by it.
Hominick has kickboxing in his back pocket. It’s usually his bread and butter. He’s one of the best pound for pound strikers in the UFC. Jung also is virtually of the same pedigree. It will be interesting to see who takes the first sidestep away from their gameplan and goes for the takedown. I think the majority of this fight, if not all of it, will be fought on it’s feet. That being said, Hominick’s no stranger when it comes to submissions either having 7 of them. Plus he’s got his entire country in his corner as well. If you don’t think that’s a big deal, look at what happened in Brazil this summer at UFC 137. I think Jung will break format when he tries to get the game on the ground, which might be out of frustration because he’s being out kickboxed.