Macau Mark Eddiva aims to be the very first homegrown Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to post a victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Eddiva will take on Chinese bantamweight Jumabieke “The Wild Wolf” Tuerxun in UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale at the Cotai Arena in Macau tonight.
The Eddiva-Jumabieke bout is one of the five preliminary matches supporting four main event bouts with the final fight featuring South Korea’s Dong Hyun Kim and Britain’s John Hathaway.
“I’m ready to do my best inside the Octagon and it is really a great pleasure to fight in the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world,” Eddiva, a former sanshou (wushu contact fighting) fighter, told The Manila Times in an online interview.
“It’s not gonna be easy but let’s give it a try,” added Eddiva, 27, who holds a 5-0 win-loss slate, three by knockout and two by submission. “I’m in a better fighting condition as of now. I feel so excited and positive.”
Tuerxun, a former Legends Fighting Championship bantamweight champion and an ex-boxer has formidable striking skills and stamina plus a well-rounded ground game.
The Chinese has a 14-0 win-loss record—three by knockout and four by submission.
Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera of Team Lakay is the first homegrown fighter to compete in the UFC on January 4 in Singapore but lost via unanimous decision to local bet Royston Wee.