Lakay head coach upbeat on ward

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


WITH fight night just around the corner, Team Lakay head coach sees his ward improving by the day and hopes Mark Eddiva has shaken off ring rust when he faces Jumabieke Tuerxun in UFC Fight Night 37 at the Cotai Arena in Macua, China.

"May epekto pa rin yung two years niyang di paglaban sa mma kaya we're hoping na maging 100 percent siya sa laban," said Sangiao to Sun.Star Baguio.

Sangiao and Eddiva landed in Macau Tuesday morning for his March 1 debut in UFC, the second home grown Filipino fighter to be signed in the world's largest mix martial arts promotion after Fellow Team Lakay Dave Galera.

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Weigh–in for the bout gets going February 28, and Sangiao said he is optimistic Eddiva will make the cut in their 145 lbs square off against the unbeaten Tuerxun who holds a record of 14 with three knock outs and four submissions.

Eddiva's five wins came from three knock outs and two submissions where he last fought January 27 in 2011 when he submitted Alex Lee in round 1 in Legend Fighting Championship 4.

Sangiao meanwhile said Eddiva just needs to work out harder and execute the game plan, which according to the be-medalled Wushu athlete turned coach is a top secret.

"We doubled his training on grappling and at the same time sa striking and conditioning just to make him reach his peak which is as of now I believe nasa 80 percent pa rin. But that will be covered when fight night happens," added Sangiao.

The 27-year-old former member of the Philippine wushu team 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.

The Macau fight will already be UFC’s 2nd event in Asia in 2014 with nine fights, six on the main card looking to bounce back from recent losses. It features a main event between two rising welterweights looking to break into the top 10 of the division.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 27, 2014.

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