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Jet lag not a concern for Eddiva in his UFC fight
by Harley F. Palangchao

Filipino Ultimate Fighting Championship prospect Mark Eddiva will have to overcome a possible jet lag four days before his May 31 fight at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Eddiva and his coach Mark Sangiao of the famed Team Lakay will endure a 25-hour air travel from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on May 27 with Abu Dhabi as their stopover for their connecting flight to Brazil.

“We are expecting to arrive in Brazil also on May 27 after more than 20 hours flight but we are used to that already,” said the 26-year-old featherweight wushu sanshou expert.

Eddiva, who is enjoying an unblemished record with six wins in his professional MMA career, will face Brazilian Edimilson Souza during UFC Fight Night 42 in Brazil.

The more veteran and older Souza, 29, has 14 wins and three losses and has more knockout victories than the Igorot fighter from Sadanga, Mountain Province.

Both fighters won their respective UFC debut, with Eddiva winning a unanimous decision against Chinese fighter Jumabieke Tuerxun during UFC Fight Night 37 at The Venetian Macao’s Cotia Arena in Macau on March 1.

The much taller Souza, who stands 6’ 6” won via split decision against Felipe Arantes in UFC Fight Night 28 on Sept. 4, 2013.

Sangiao  confirmed over the weekend they are all set for the UFC Fight Night 42, saying they already received their plane tickets from the biggest MMA promotions in the world.

“While waiting for our flight, Mark together with other fighters are busy in their high altitude training, as we are expecting a busy month ahead of us,” Sangiao told reporters.

Eddiva, a BS Education student at the University of the Cordilleras, has 11 medals in international wushu competitions, including two gold medals in Southeast Asian Games.

 
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