Filipino mixed martial artist Mark “El Terrible” Eddiva will make his second UFC appearance on May 31st in Sao Paolo, Brazil at The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finale. He will meet Edimilson Souza, a dangerous brawler who has reach and height advantages over him.
TUF Brazil 3 Finale will be headlined by two of the toughest Heavyweights in the UFC today, Stipe Miocic and Fabio Maldonado. Co-headlining the said event is a welterweight showdown between Brazil’s own, Demian Maia, who welcomes the highly regarded Russian prospect Alexander Yakovlev.
Eddiva is coming off a remarkable win against China’s Jumabieke Tuerxun last March at UFC Fight Night – Kim vs. Hathaway. He entered the fight against Tuerxun as a heavy underdog as many predicted he would be easily defeated by his Chinese opponent. The 28-year-old Eddiva surprised a lot of fans that night as he pulled off arguably the most impressive performance of his MMA career. He outclassed and out-hustled Tuerxun for three rounds, earning himself a unanimous decision victory.
“It was a great opportunity to have been offered that fight against Tuerxun. He was surely a tough opponent and I am really happy I bested the game. Maybe he underestimated me but I wasn’t surprised with his performance either because we’ve watched many of his videos and expected what he was going to do. Thank God we were able to execute our game plan that night.”
After successfully making his UFC debut in Macau, China, Eddiva’s popularity skyrocketed in his home country as he was featured numerous times in the local and national news headlines. It is now a completely different story for him after his first-ever Octagon win.
“My popularity somehow expanded and more responsibility was given to me. Many people recognized my victory against Jumabieke especially because I am the first home-grown Filipino to win in the UFC.”
According to Eddiva, it was and always will be an honor to represent his country in the prime stage of MMA. “El Terrible’s” skills will be put to test once more on May 31st when he goes up against the Brazilian slugger Souza, who is riding a seven-fight winning streak; six of those are coming by either TKO or KO.
“He is also a striker so it is going to be an interesting fight. I will also focus on our game plan like I did in Macau so I can bring home the win again.”
Eddiva also knows that he will fight Souza on a hostile territory, which is why he is gearing up so hard to make sure he will keep his unblemished record intact. He wants to impress UFC officials and fight fans around the world.
“We’re training holistically our wrestling, striking and submission skills in preparation. We are also getting pro boxers to spar with because we know that my opponent is a boxer. He is a good striker also, using more of his boxing skills. There are a lot styles to choose from – not only sanshou – but of course I can use that to win as well.”
Team Lakay has been training regularly under the former Iranian Olympic wrestling coach, Ali Heydarabadi. It has been evident that Team Lakay fighters have improved remarkably when it comes to their wrestling game. The results in recent fights shown how their overall MMA skills have matured.
“Wrestling in MMA is very important, and with the help of Coach Ali we are able to push the wrestling level of the team higher from our wushu sanda wrestling style.”
When asked on what can UFC fans expect from him on May 31st against Souza, Eddiva shares:
“This fight is going to be an exciting and entertaining one.”