ANOTHER homegrown Filipino fighter, Mark Eddiva, will make his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on March 1 at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Hotel Macau, China.
Eddiva, a former sanshou (wushu contact fighting) fighter from Team Lakay and a gold medalist in the 2011 Indonesia Southeast Asian Games, will fight undefeated Chinese bantamweight Jumabieke Tuerxun in UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale.
“I will fight with a new heart since this will be my first fight after three years,” Eddiva, a cousin of One Fighting Championship fighter Eduard Folayang, announced online.
Eddiva, 27, holds a 5-0 win-loss record, three by knockouts and two by submission. He won against Hong Kong’s Alex Lee via first round rear naked choke in Legend FC in 2011.
Eddiva will fight unbeaten “Wild Wolf” Tuerxun (14-0 win-loss record, three by knockouts and four by submission), a former Legends FC bantamweight champion.
Before Eddiva, Dave “The Scarecrow” Galera fought in UFC Fight Night on January 4, in Singapore but lost via unanimous decision to local bet Royston Wee.
Universal Reality Combat Championship founder Alvin Aguilar, who told The Manila Times, of Eddiva’s UFC debut opined that just like Galera, it might be too early for Eddiva to compete in the UFC.
“UFC has very bad scouts here. They are just getting fighters without reviewing their background. It might also give bad impressions to Filipino fighters,” Aguilar texted the Times.