Eddiva to fight off ring rust in UFC-A A +A
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
RING RUST will be huge factor when Igorot fighter Mark Eddiva steps inside the octagon as he debuts on UFC.
Eddiva, a member of the country's best mix martial arts gym Team Lakay is the second Filipino to be signed up by UFC after teammate Dave Galera fought in the octagon in January early this year.
The SEAG gold medalist Eddiva will square off against former Legend FC bantamweight champion Jumabieke Tuerxun at the TUF: China Finale on March in Macau after two years of hiatus in MMA.
“He’s doing well in training although yung ring rust andyan pa rin pero we’re trying na ibalik yung dati niyang laro,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao.
Saingao said Eddiva recently finished his hard training sparring alongside his cousin and One FC welterweight contender Eduard Folayang.
The 27 year old Wushu practitioner fought as a featherweight at Legend Fighting Championship, is undefeated in five professional MMA fights.
He was a former member of the Philippine wushu team and won a silver and a gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Eddiva is known for his strong striking ability and counter-punching, powerful kicks aside from his grappling skills and wrestling technique will be fighting once again after defeating Hong Kong’s Alex Lee via first round rear naked choke at Legend FC 2011.
“I trained hard for three years despite the fact that this will be my first fight after three years. I never thought I would earn a UFC contract as early as now. I talked with senior Lakay fighters and told me to grab this once in a life time opportunity. I will give my best to show my new fighting skills," Eddiva said in a news report.
Meanwhile, his opponent, the unbeaten Chinese fighter Tuerxun, who has 14-0 win-loss record – three by knockouts and four by submissions - is expected to be a fan favorite during the match since it will be held in his country.
“Pag manalo siya dito malaking bagay ito para sa bansa,” added Sangiao.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 19, 2014.