Eddiva won’t mind long trip for next UFC bout

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


IF THERE’S one thing Mark Eddiva is weary of prior to his second bout in the UFC, it will be the long haul travel for the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.

The Team Lakay upstart however said he will defy all odds, even if it would take 25 hours of travel just to score another impressive victory in the world’s largest mix martial arts promotion since he was signed early this year and pulled off a unanimous win against Jumabieke Tuerxun.

“I’ve already had one travel where I had to endure a 20-24 hour plane ride so I think jetlag will not be a huge concern,” said the 28-year-old fighter.

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Eddiva will gun for a second victory inside the octagon and his seventh career win in as many fights.

The Sadanga, Mt. Province native said he will be accompanied by coach Mark Sangiao during the fight and will be leaving the country May 25.
He added they will be arriving in Brazil the same date and will have enough time to rest and condition his body to the weather.

“Right now I’m focused on my training and I’m not yet thinking of what will happen next,” Eddiva told local sports scribe when asked on his next plan after his bout.

The former wushu gold medalist will be squaring off against Brazilian Edimilson Souza on May 31 at the Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paolo.
Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao said they don’t want to take chances against the Brazilian who has a record of 14 wins and three losses, 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.

A known striker, Souza will also be a good test for Eddiva who has gone the extra mile of training alongside an Iranian wrestling coach to add up to his already pin point striking skills.

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.

“Basta ang concentration namin sa laban na eto is to more on take down and defense sa striking,” said Eddiva.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 15, 2014.

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