Kevin Souza vs. Mark Eddiva
We begin the televised portion of the night with featherweight Kevin Souza and Mark Eddiva.
Souza (14-3) scored a split decision over Felipe Arantes last September and is on a eight-fight win streak. Eddiva (6-0) earned a decision victory over Jumabieke Tuerxun in his debut in March with the UFC, having won all of his previous five fights via finish.
Round 1: Souza with a huge reach advantage at six inches. He’s keeping Eddiva at bay so far, just missing on a huge left hook. Eddiva with a nice counter-right that connected. Eddiva with a nice side kick and he rocks Souza back with another strike. Eddiva drops Souza and is looking to pass, possibly setting up a kimura with three minutes to go. He postures up and lands a nice left-right. Souza hurts him with a combo and Eddiva tries for a takedown, but gets denied. Souza with a huge cut over his right eye and Eddiva is bleeding around the hairline. These two are exciting the Brazilian crowd by just standing and banging. Huge pair of rights land from Souza, who has Eddiva wobbly but he survives.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Souza
Round 2: Side-kick from Eddiva lands, as he appears to be a bit refresher after that incredible opening five minutes of striking. Shots to both the outside and inside of the leg from Eddiva, who eats a right-hand for his efforts. Eddiva really picking him apart in this round with strikes and kicks, as he is throwing things in bunches and Souza is only getting off a shot at a time. He shoots for a single-leg and ties Souza up against the fence, landing knees to the thighs. Souza appears to have found his second wind, hammering away with a left-right that nearly drops Eddiva. Another left-right combo and Eddiva might be on dream street. The left-hook has been the best weapon for Souza and he catches Eddiva against the fence. Rights to the head and body by Souza and he is going to get the stoppage victory.
Kevin Souza def. Mark Eddiva via TKO (strikes) at 4:52 of Round 2