Mark Hominick and Yves Jabouin have long been considered among the elite featherweight MMA fighters in Canada.
For eight years they have fought all across North America, but never against each other.
Who's the best Canadian featherweight?
On June 20 at WEC 49 in Edmonton, we'll finally find out.
“In Canadian MMA circles, we’re regarded as elite fighters,” Jabouin said. “It’s time to test our skills against each other.”
The fight may be eight years in the making, but neither man holds a grudge against the other.
“It’s a sport for me, may the best man win, and it has nothing to do with anything personal,” Jabouin said. “I don’t have bad blood with anybody.”
Despite the mutual respect, both men intend to use their striking skills to put on a great show for the fans.
“You’re going to get two strikers inside the ring that are going to go at it,” Hominick said. “For the fans, I’m glad they put it on the televised portion because it’s going to be a hell of a fight.”
Hominick has bounced around as of late. His last fight was in January when he finished Bryan Caraway in the first round with a triangle arm bar. Before that he had not fought since July 2008 when he defeated Savant Young in the now defunct Affliction organization. He believes that will stop now.
“I’ve found a home with the WEC because they’re the number one promotion for this weight class,” the 145-pounder said.
Jabouin had been fighting in smaller promotions around Canada for years before making the jump to the big stage of the WEC in his last fight, a split decision loss to Rafael Assuncao.
“In my first fight in the biggest MMA organization in the world, I might have been a little gun shy and cautious and not as aggressive,” Jabouin said.
He does not expect the same thing to happen in this fight and said he has improved his overall game since then.
He’s also spent time training with one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, UFC welterweight champion and fellow Montreal native Georges St-Pierre.
“Having one of the top pound-for-pound guys training with you brings everything up,” Jabouin said. “Having the best wrestler there shooting at you, you know that if you can stop even one of his takedowns you’re doing a good job.”
Jabouin shouldn't have to worry about many takedowns from Hominick, who expects to come out swinging to prove that he belongs in the discussion for the featherweight championship.
"I’ve been chomping at the bit for this fight,” Hominick said. “This is a fight that has been talked about and now it’s finally happening, and I’m just happy it’s happening on this stage.”