Eddiva seeks second win in UFC

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Friday, April 25, 2014


EXTENDING his winning streak in pro mix martial arts will be Mark Eddiva's goal when he steps inside the world’s largest MMA promotion in Brazil.

Eddiva will eye his seventh victory, and hopefully his second inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon to face Kevin Souza of Brazil in Sao Paulo in another UFC: Fight Night card on May 31.

The 28-year-old Baguio native, the second homegrown Filipino UFC campaigner, made a rousing pro debut last month when he outclassed Jumabieke Tuerxun of China in the opponent’s turf also in Macau.

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But despite the rousing win in his UFC debut, Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao said they don’t want to take chances against the Brazilian who tots a record of 14 wins and three loss, and boasts of an eight fight winning streak.

"We've seen some of his fights, over-all he’s a good fighter and it’s going to be a tough fight. But that is our motivation to work harder on Mark’s training," said Sangiao during an early morning workout at the Philippine Sports Commission owned facility in the Summer Capital.

Prior to his win in Macau early this year, the 28-year-old Baguio native had a three-year layoff from MMA competition to focus on his final year as an education student at University of the Cordilleras.

Eddiva was also part of the Wushu national team having produced an Asian Games bronze medal and a gold in the Southeast Asian Games.

Just like Eddiva, Souza (14-3) also had his UFC debut in September last year when he outpointed Felipe Arantes via split decision at UFC Fight Night 28.
Souza is a notorious Brazilian knockout artist as he thumped 12 of his 17 opponents with his deadly punching prowess.

“Isa sa mga mahirap na laban ito para kay Mark, but like any fighter, may makikita din kaming kahinaan ni Souza at yun ang pinag aaralan namin,” added Sangiao.

The event will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout between current TUF: Brazil 3 coaches Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 26, 2014.

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