Filipino Mark Eddiva eyes comeback, makes UFC debut against top Chinese prospect

Team Lakay’s Mark Eddiva has vowed to come out with a “new heart” and a renewed set of skills when he enters the octagon of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Eddiva (5-0), a multi-title wushu athlete, is just the second homegrown Filipino to be given the chance to see action in the UFC, acknowledged as the world’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion, after Dave Galera who lost in his debut at the UFC Singapore event last January.

He will have his hands full against an equally skilled and undefeated fighter in Jumabieke Tuerxun, at The Ultimate Fighter China: Finale on March 1st at the Cotai Arena of the Venetian Hotel in Macau.

“Not everyone has the opportunity to fight in the UFC so I’m thankful I am able to do my comeback through this platform. So many people have their say about it, there are a lot of things going on, but I try my best to remain focused,” Eddiva told Manila Standard Today in an interview via Facebook.

Eddiva, who is a cousin of fellow Lakay stalwart Eduard Folayang, is making a comeback after winning his five pro MMA fights.

All of his victories did not go the distance as he finished his first three opponents via knockout and his last two by submission, including a first-round Rear Naked choke on Hong Kong’s top martial artist Alex Lee at a Legend FC instalment in 2011.

“It’s been three years since my last fight. Naturally, people will be basing their forecast from my not-so-recent fight. I can guarantee that I’ll fight with a new heart. I’ll also give my best to showcase my new sets of skills so that I may be able to bring home the W,” said Eddiva.

The first Filipino homegrown martial artist to have seen action in the UFC was the aforementioned Galera, who succumbed to the superior wrestling skills of Singaporean Royston Wee and absorbed a unanimous decision loss in their undercard tussle at UFC Fight Night 34, Singapore.

Eddiva is very much aware of the vastly improving skills of Asian fighters. Now he’s back in MMA training twice a day.

“We are fine-tuning my strengths and improving my weaknesses,” he added.

His opponent is former Legends FC bantamweight champion, Tuerxun, will provide the biggest challenge in his fight career. Tuerxun is also staging a comeback in big-time MMA and was away from the scene since 2012 due to contractual disputes.

But Tuerxun kept himself busy by competing in small scale events in China.

Ediva and Tuerxun will fight at a 145-lbs at the TUF: China Finale, which will be headlined by a five-round welterweight bout between top contenders John Hathaway and Dong Hyun Kim.

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2 Comments on “Filipino Mark Eddiva eyes comeback, makes UFC debut against top Chinese prospect”

  1. Monica Zolli
    March 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    Kudos to you Mark.

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