Mark Eddiva, the first Filipino mixed martial arts fighter to fight and win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is eyeing for his second victory in the Octagon when he clashes against Brazilian Edimilson Kevin Souza in UFC Fight Night 42 on May 31, at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Eddiva, 28, who stays unbeaten in six fights (five of them by knockout) had an impressive UFC debut in March by beating Jumabieke “Wild Wolf” Tuerxun of China via unanimous decision.
“I’m confident I can sustain my winning ways although I need to train harder and smarter,” reads Eddiva’s online announcement. “It’s okay to fight in that day. I have no any problem so far as far as my health is concerned.”
Eddiva, a former wushu sanshou fighter and former member of the Philippine wushu team, is doing his training in Baguio City under Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao.
Souza, whose stand-up fighting style is alike Eddiva’s is a known hard puncher. In September 2013, Souza in his debut in UFC Fight Night 28 posted a split decision win over Felipe Arantes.
But Eddiva is not bothered.
“I cannot tell if he’s strong since I haven’t faced him yet but I’ll be ready at any given time and place,” he said.