Eddiva all set for UFC; gets cash support

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Friday, May 23, 2014


WITH good Samaritans just coming in to help in his next bout, Mark Eddiva is hoping to cash in on all the support he got and win his second bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship next week.

Eddiva, who is bound for Brazil on the 26th received cash donations worth P10,000 from the Apaches while the JayCees Senate added P5,000 even as more than P5,000 was raised during Thursday's fund raiser organized by Edezza Torres.

“I’m thankful for their support. With these, I hope mabigyan ko sila ng panalo para di masayang yung suportang binigay nila sa akin,” said the soft spoken Eddiva during the simple fund drive Thursday evening at the Tangay-Tangay restaurant.

Nevada Square administrator Endong Nevada also gave an undisclosed amount for the fighter who came back to fight after nearly two years of absence.

"“We should be helping Mark because he carries our city's and country's pride when he fights in the UFC late this month," said Randy Ledesma, whose Intermed company’s carrier brand Cherifer is a supporter of Team Lakay.

The South East Asian Games gold medalist Eddiva was happy when the group headed by councilor Richard Carino heeded his call to support his campaign in the festival capital of the world for the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale in the Brazilian capital of Sao Paolo.

The Apaches came together to help the 28 year old fighter who gives in four inch disadvantage against the veteran Edimilson Kevin Souza (14 wins – 3 loss), a Brazilian.

Eddiva is set to leave on Monday for the Brazilian capital, four days before the fight in order to acclimatize and adjust to the different time zone.

“Jet lag will not be a big concern,” said the 5’8’ fighter who debuted early this year and pulled off a unanimous win against Jumabieke Tuerxun.

Eddiva has not lost a single fight in his earlier sixth fights and want to make it seventh straight.

Busy days ahead

With Eddiva and Sangiao leaving for Brazil, former One FC featherweight champion Honorio Banario is also set to fight May 30 in Singapore While Geje Eustaquio is also slated to fight in Jakarta, Indonesia for the ONE FC Era of Champions on June 14.

After that, Troy Bantiag and Crisanto Pitpitungue will fly for Guam on June 27 for a Pacific Extreme Championship appearance, said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao Thursday night.

Sangiao is also hopeful that one of his best new finds will join the Ultimate Fighting Championship roster this year.

New college graduate Roldan Sangcha-an is finalizing his contract with the UFC and is expected to fight late this year.

He will be the third Team Lakay member to join the UFC after Dave Galera who debuted in January this year in Singapore but did not succeed. Eddiva was more successful in his debut that set up the Brazil fight.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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