MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino fighter Mark Eddiva made an impressive Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut by outclassing his Chinese foe during "UFC Fight Night: Macao" on Saturday.
Eddiva, who hasn't fought professionally for nearly three years, outworked, outmuscled and outstruck Jumabieke Tuerxun, who boasted of a 14-0 record going into the fight.
The two-time Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) gold medalist also appeared to be the more superior wrestler than Tuerxun, taking down the Chinese fighter at least four times throughout the fight.
The Benguet-based Eddiva was in complete control during the first two rounds, as he peppered Tuerxun with stinging bodyshots and knees to the head. One of those knees opened a cut at the side of the Chinese’s head near the end of the second frame.
Tuerxun nearly got Eddiva into trouble in the last round when the former tried to go for an armlock and a triangle choke.
Fortunately, the Filipino was able to wriggle out of the submission attempts and fought his way towards a unanimous decision victory.
With the win, Eddiva improved his professional MMA record to 6 wins and no defeat.
ABS-CBN Sports and Action will air UFC Fight Night: Macao on Sunday, March 2, starting at 9 p.m.