UFC 154 Round-by-Round Review: Mark Hominick vs. Pablo Garza


We open up the main card with featherweights Mark Hominick (20-11) and Pablo Garza (11-3). Hominick is a former contender in the division, but has lost his last three. Garza enters on a two-fight losing skid himself. The referee will be Marc-Andre Cote.

Round 1: Hominick comes right out at Garza, and blocks a pair of solid head-kick attempts by the taller "Scarecrow." Hominick switching levels, lands a nice body shot. Another head-kick by Garza is blocked, as Garza goes for an uppercut that misses. Straight jab to the chest by Hominick, and he follows up with a combo. However, Garza comes back and lands some nice kicks and knees of his own. Excellent striking by both men right now as they keep searching for a knockout blow.

Garza goes for a kick that connects to the body, and counters a strike by Hominick with a knee. Straight right jab lands by Hominick, and he follows up with another. Garza attempts a takedown, but Hominick reverses it and hip tosses Garza to the ground. Garza working for an armbar, Hominick trying to pull out, does, and winds up on top. Body and head shots by Hominick as he tries to avoid another submission attempt by Garza. Garza kicks off and gets up, going right at Hominick. The Canadian rocks Garza, pounces with some nice ground strikes, but Garza gets up and is coming after a wobbled Hominick now who has blood pouring from his left eye. Massive cut under the eye of Hominick, Garza lands a left and a right, but survives the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Garza

Round 2: Huge gash under the left eye of Hominick, who was given his mouthpiece after the round by the referee. Stiff body shot lands by Hominick. Wicked leg kick courtesy of Garza to the lead leg of Hominick. Garza briefly takes the back of Hominick, but winds up in guard instead. Garza still inside the guard, staying busy and staying in control. Repeated elbows to the face of Hominick by Garza, and he does the same again, peppering Hominick's face. Garza's elbow shots have opened a cut under the right eye of Hominick, who attempts a submission but is unable to get it, or get out, from Garza. More elbows to the face and Hominick's bleeding profusely now and looks to have swelling shutting both eyes. Garza unloading and in complete control.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Garza

Round 3: Big kicks by Garza to start the final five minutes. Hominick finding his range despite the nasty swelling under both eyes. Garza powers in, though, and gets the takedown without any trouble. Garza has landed 140 strikes to 62 by Hominick with three-plus minutes to go, with many of them in the closed guard via Garza elbows. More elbows from Garza, as Hominick attempts a submission to no avail. Back to controlling the action is Garza, who owns six minutes and counting in terms of ground control. Hominick pushes off and gets up, but Garza back in control and working towards side control. Hominick with an armbar, but he's unable to lock it in.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Garza

Pablo Garza def. Mark Hominick via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 29-28)

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