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Eric Peterson, Published November 15 2012

Garza looks to regain UFC form after two losses

FARGO – Pablo Garza will get a chance to fight his hero Saturday night.

A mixed martial artist who trains in Fargo, Garza is slated to battle Mark Hominick at UFC 154 in Montreal.

“Hominick is an extremely good fighter. He’s one of my MMA heroes,” said Garza, who went to high school in Grafton, N.D. “Before I was in the UFC or anything like that, I would watch him and try to imitate my game to be like his.”

Garza (11-3) has lost his last two fights in the UFC – which is considered the premier promotion company in mixed martial arts – after winning his first two fights in the promotion.

Garza could be fighting for his UFC life against Hominick, a Canadian who will be fighting in his home country. Their featherweight bout is the first of the five scheduled on the main card and will be shown on pay-per-view.

“It’s one of those situations with the UFC, you never know, they could cut him if he doesn’t put on a good performance,” said Dylan Spicer, who is Garza’s coach.

Hominick (20-11) is also on a losing streak, having lost his past three bouts. One of those losses was a unanimous decision against Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship in April 2011.

While Garza looks up to Hominick as a fighter, he doesn’t expect to be in awe of Hominick once the fight starts.

“There is no added pressure,” Garza said. “If anything there is more excitement. … I’m going to fight as hard so I can to try to impress him.”

Garza spent part of this training camp in California, training with Nate Diaz. Diaz is scheduled to fight Ben Henderson for the UFC Lightweight title in December.

“It’s definitely an eye opener, training and sparring with someone at that high a level,” Garza said. “I definitely took as much as I could out of it.”

Garza is hoping to return to the form he enjoyed in his first two UFC fights. He created a buzz by winning one of those bouts with a spectacular knockout, and the other fight with a dramatic submission.

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