Filipino MMA Fighters Mark Munoz and Mark Eddiva loss to submissions in separate fight cards

The Filipino boxing fans are on high spirits after Nonito Donaire Jr. is back as a world champion and is now a five-division titlist after earning a technical decision victory over Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa.

But two Filipino MMA fighters didn't duplicate Donaire's success as Mark Munoz and Mark Eddiva loss their bouts via submissions in two different fight cards.

Gegard Mousasi, the former Dream and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, put a dominant show against veteran Mark Munoz, a former household name in the UFC, in the middleweight main event of the UFC Fight Night 41 in Berlin, Germany.

Mousasi outclassed the more popular Munoz before finishing him with a rear-naked choke at 3:57 of the opening round.

"I worked a lot on the rear-naked choke and guillotine," Mousasi said in his post-fight interview. "He's a wrestler, so he always comes forward. I want to pick up the angle and slowly go forward."

Mousasi improved to 35-4-2 record.

"The Filipino Wrecking Machine" Munoz (13-5), a former NCAA wrestling champion, appeared ready for a fast start, when he picked up Mousasi for a big slam. But Mousasi managed to shift his weight in mid-air and ended up on top when they hit the mat.

Things just went downhill for Munoz from there, as Mousasi effectively sprawled his takedown attempts, used crisp striking, and finally outfoxed him on the mat to get into position for the winning choke.

The victory effectively shook off a loss to Lyoto Machida in Mousasi's last fight. Mousasi figures the win puts him into the mix at 185 pounds.

"I think I'm going to get a win over Luke Rockhold or Tim Kennedy to get a bit closer to a title shot," Mousasi said. "I'm not calling anyone out but I'm sure I'll get a winner."

The most popular MMA Filipino fighter Munoz has dropped three out of his past four, with the other losses coming to Chris Weidman and Machida.

Eddiva also loss

Another Filipino MMA fighter has also a bad fate as Mark Eddiva loss to Kevin Souza in Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 Souza (15-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) finally stopped a zombie-like Eddiva (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) late in the second round after Eddiva again tried to walk through a massive barrage of punches.

The featherweight bout was part of today’s TUF Brazil 3 Finale event at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Souza was having difficulty of Eddiva as the former has little defensive answer for Eddiva’s kicks, which ultimately seemed to slow him down, and Eddiva having no real answer for Souza’s punches other than attempting to walk through them.

Souza bounced from foot to foot in the center of the cage and looked to land big punches with his long reach advantage early, and a heavy right hand landed about 30 seconds in. Eddiva fired back with kicks, but had to eat a few punches when he did.

But about a minute in, Eddiva found himself on top on the ground looking to pass. Souza quickly threw up a triangle choke attempt that forced Eddiva to posture out of danger. Seconds later, Souza again went after the finish, forcing Eddiva to retreat.

But midway through the round, Souza bounced back to his feet, and there he put together a two punch combo and followed it with a heavy left hook. Under a minute, Eddiva was dropped with a right. But Souza was cut up. But with 30 seconds left, Souza put together an absolute barrage of punches that had Eddiva wobbling all over – but somehow surviving to see the second round.

Eddiva looked to land low kicks and body kicks again in the second, hoping to take away Souza’s big length and reach advantage. It was Eddiva in the second round who had a little more pep in his step, despite the kind of damage he appeared to take late in the first round.

But Souza looked to put Eddiva in trouble again with a minute left in the round. Again, Eddiva managed to walk through the punches and stayed on his feet. He kept firing, though, going to the body, then head, landing punches in massive volume. But even though Eddiva didn’t drop, referee Herb Dean watched him take a ton of punches and shut the fight down with eight seconds left in the round.

“In my camp, I had fantastic muay Thai trainers, so yes, I was confident and I knew I was going to win,” Souza said.

Souza stretched his winning streak to nine fights and improved to 2-0 in the UFC. Eddiva lost for the first time in his pro career.

--- with reports from the wires

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