Nick Name: Mugen
Record: 5-0 (3 Subs)
Association: Wajutsu Keisyukai Gods
Height: 173 cm (5’8); Weight: 146lbs (67kg)
Birthdate: 1988-06-23; Age: 23
City: Tokyo, Japan
Mark “Mugen” Martinez Striegl is a half Filipino-half American professional mixed martial artist born and raised in Tokyo, Japan.
Mark’s father is originally from New York and his mother is from Calapan City in the Philippines.
His older brother Frank played a considerable role in sparking his interest in combat sports. Frank wrestled throughout high school and in college, dabbled in Tae Kwon Do and Jiu Jitsu, mixing the disciplines and working on techniques with Mark. Mark in turn decided to wrestle in high school, finishing with a career record of 77-1 and his sights set on MMA.
Growing up in Tokyo during of the glory days of Pride Fighting Championship and K-1, Mark became a huge fan of fight sport. On a whim after graduating high school he joined a nearby dojo, “Wajutsu Keisyukai Gods,” which he currently still calls home. Mark’s motivation in taking the leap was to “see how tough he was,” ultimately testing the waters and seeing if he could hang with some of Japan’s best. After his first practice, he was immediately hooked and from there entered Tokyo amateur competitions regularly.
Mark attended college in San Diego and continued his training at Victory MMA. Travelling between Tokyo and San Diego, Mark trained regularly at both gyms, Victory and WK Gods.
Mark turned pro in San Diego in 2009, winning his debut match. He has since gone 5-0, having competed and eaten at several buffets in Taipei, Baguio, Saipan, and Macau. According to Mark, one of his most memorable fights was with the URCC in Baguio City, Philippines in February 2011. While he had spent many summers in Mindoro and Manila, it was Mark’s first time in Baguio.
Mark currently fights for Hong Kong-based Legend Fighting Championship and will be fighting for the featherweight championship belt in December. He is planning a training trip to Baguio in October for his fight preparation and would love to train with some of the strong Baguio mountain men! Not to mention eat at Andoks!
mmaorient’s 10 questions for Mark “Mugen” Striegl:
mmaorient.com: What is the meaning of your moniker “Mugen”?
Mark: It’s Japanese for “limitless.”
mmaorient.com: Why did you choose MMA over Wrestling?
Mark: After high school I really wanted to continue wrestling. However, the more I trained in mixed martial arts, the more I loved it and it ultimately became an easy decision to make.
mmaorient.com: Are you proud of your Filipino roots?
Mark: Very proud! PINOY POWER!!!!!!!!!!! I love the Philippines…wonderful people, wonderful country.
mmaorient.com: What do you expect on your future title fight against Fransino Tirta?
Mark: I expect a war. Fransino’s a skilled fighter…he’s 15-0 for a reason. I’ll bring my A-Game.
mmaorient.com: When you fought at Legend 5 against Kawanago, did the knee injury bother your game against your Japanese foe?
Mark: You know, what’s done is done and I’m sure we’ll meet again later on down the road.
mmaorient.com: Were you surprised that the judges favored you to win over Kawanago?
Mark: To be honest, I had an ugly third round so I was a little surprised. But after going home and reviewing the fight footage, I knew I won the fight.
mmaorient.com: What do you think are the key factors that made you get the “W” against Yusuke Kawanago?
Mark: If it were a kickboxing match he would have won due to more strikes landed…but this is MMA. I believe that it was my aggressive style that won me the fight, trying to put him away from start to finish (3 or 4 near submissions attempts for one). In my opinion I won the first 2 rounds.
mmaorient.com: If you’ve given a chance to pick your next opponent, who would it be and why?
Mark: Yusuke Kawanago. We have unfinished business. I won’t look past Fransino though…he’s first and foremost.
mmaorient.com: When are you coming back to Philippines? I heard you’re going to train in Baguio.
Mark: I’m planning on going over next month (October 2011). The last time I was there for my fight I didn’t have enough time to stay and train, so I’m really looking forward to this trip and eating crispy pata everyday.
mmaorient.com: Are you single or dating someone right now?
Mark: Haha I’m currently single!