McGregor vs. Mayweather 'makes no sense', says ex-UFC fighter
It's being pegged the "money fight", and it's easily one of the most anticipated events in sports history.
But, if you ask Mark Hominick, he'll tell you that Saturday's bout between UFC champion Conor McGregor and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather is more spectacle than sport.
"It's not even a fight, it's an event," says the former UFC contender.
"The fight makes no sense to the boxing world and makes no sense for MMA (mixed martial arts). This is Conor's first fight in boxing and he's fighting the greatest ever (Mayweather). It doesn't mean I'm not excited (to watch), but I don't think it has any importance on either side."
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Hominick, who's the co-owner of the Adrenaline Training Centre in London, spends his time training upcoming mixed martial artists.
But in his former career as a pro contender, he has just one degree of separation from McGregor, the UFC's current lightweight and former featherweight champion.
Hominick fought and lost to fighter Jose Aldo at UFC129 in 2011. Four years later, Conor McGregor defeated Aldo at UFC194.
"I'm not disappointed in how big he's made himself," said Hominick who referred to McGregor's success.
"I'm proud to see he's accomplished what he set out to do. And if he comes out and shocks the world by winning, he'll go down as someone who's remembered on both sides of the sporting spectrum."
Hominick is set to watch the fight with fellow members of his gym on Saturday.
He predicted that Mayweather will win the bout after three rounds.
Listen to Hominick's full conversation with Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre, as well as some insight on the fight from some of the young MMA fighters at Hominick's gym:
- An earlier version of this story stated that Jose Aldo was undefeated before losing to Conor McGregor. Aldo had previously lost to Luciano Azevedo in 2005.Aug 24, 2017 10:50 AM ET