Striegl makes UFC debut vs tough Russian fighter
Baguio-based Filipino-American mixed martial arts fighter Mark “Mugen” Striegl will make his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Night in Las Vegas, Nevada on Aug. 22.
The 32-year-old Striegl, who is a former Universal Reality Combat Championship champion, will face 30-year-old Timur Valiev of Russia in the bantamweight division.
Striegl, who competed with various MMA promotions from URCC to Legend Fighting Championship, Pacific Xtreme Combat, and ONE Championship, is one of the Asia-based fighters with an impressive record.
He now has 18 wins, two losses, and one no contest in his professional MMA career.
He is also a member of the Philippine National Sambo Team. He won a gold medal in sambo in the 30th Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines.
After his stint with ONE Championship with two wins and one loss, Striegl opted to go back to the URCC where he reigned supreme from 2016 to 2018.
His fight against Shunichi Shimizu in the URCC 77-Raw Fury in April 2019 ended in a no contest verdict.
Striegl’s Russian opponent also has an impressive MMA record with 16 wins and two losses.
Valiev trains with Dagfighter and recently with Jackson-Wink MMA, one of the best MMA gyms in the world that has produced world-class champions.
The Russian fighter has not been defeated in six fights since October 2016 with his latest victory coming by way of decision against Taigro Costa.
The UFC Fight Night on ESPN will be headlined by Pedro Munhoz and former UFC lightweight world champion Frankie Edgar in the bantamweight division. – HFP