UFC: Eddiva banks on punching power vs Chinese fighter


Posted at Feb 28 2014 11:27 PM | Updated as of Mar 01 2014 07:27 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino fighter Mark Eddiva plans to use his punching power and his longer reach when he faces undefeated Chinese Jumabieke Tuerxun on Saturday.

The Team Lakay fighter will make his UFC debut in Macao during one of the preliminary fights in the finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: China" in front of thousands of Chinese fight fans at the Cotai Arena.

“My advantages against Bike (Tuerxun) would be my power, reach advantage and boxing,” said the two-time Southeast Asian Games wushu gold medalist in a report posted on MMA in Asia.

The 5’8” Eddiva enjoys a 2-inch height advantage over Tuerxun, but the latter is riding on a 14-fight win streak.

“I took time to watch his fights and studied his game. We are both coming from a Sanda background so it will be an exciting fight. His record doesn’t intimidate me at all because I know he is not invincible and he still does have weaknesses in his game,” said the Filipino.

“He is a very talented fighter but he is beatable. I am excited to fight him, that is why I committed myself in training to make sure I get the win.”