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UFC: Manila adds Mark Eddiva vs. Alex White, Kyung Ho Kang's career put on hold for 2 years

UFC news from Asia: Local star Mark Eddiva gets added to UFC Fight Night: Manila, while Korean star Kyung Ho Kang has put his MMA career on hold.

Photo by Paolo Tabuena

There's UFC news coming out of the Asian scene, as the upcoming Manila card headlined by Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Edgar has added another bout, while a Korean star is forced to put his career on hold for 2 years.

Added to the Philippine event on May 16 is local star Mark Eddiva (6-1) who will be looking for his second win inside the Octagon. The Wushu-based fighter will take on an American in Alex White (10-2) who has a 1-2 record with the UFC.

The news was first reported by Milan Ordonez of ABS CBN Sports, and has since been confirmed by promotion officials.

Related: Phillipe Nover returns to the UFC, drops to FW against Nam Yui Chul in Manila

After an impressive win on his UFC debut, Eddiva will be trying to rebound after suffering first loss of his career against Kevin Souza. The bout happened in Souza's home country last year, and it was an entertaining back and forth slugfest that each netted them a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus.

White on the other hand, started his career with a knockout of Estevan Payan but has since dropped two in a row against Lucas Martins and Clay Collard.

Here's the official fight card so far:

UFC Fight Night: Manila
May 16, 2015 -- MOA Arena, Philippines

- Frankie Edgar vs. Urijah Faber
- Tae Hyun Bang vs. Jon Tuck
- Phillipe Nover vs. Nam Yui Chul
- Zhang Lipeng vs. Kajan Johnson
- Mark Eddiva vs. Alex White
- Li Jiangliang vs. Roger Zapata
- Jon Delos Reyes vs. Roldan Sangcha-an
- Yao Zhikui vs. Nolan Ticman

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Other news coming out of the Asian region involve talented Korean prospect Kyung Ho Kang, who will have to put his career on hold as he has been called up for mandatory military service. "Mr. Perfect" has won two straight bouts in the UFC, but with South Korea's mandate, the 27-year-old will now be out for almost 2 years and won't be able to travel or compete in other countries.

According to, Kang will be out from March 10, 2015 to December 2016, which will unfortunately be valuable time taken out of his athletic prime and his already short shelf life as a fighter.

On October of 2014, former title challenger 'The Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung also put his fighting career on hold to start his military duties.

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