Deep water is anywhere on the ground with Team Buffet’s Mark Striegl, who is arguably one of the best jiu-jitsu practictioners in all of Asian MMA. Striegl’s 9 victories, 7 have come by way of submission, and 2 by decisions.
Fresh from his DARE win over Marko Huusansaari via second round submission victory last month, Fil-Am mixed martial arts fighter, Mark “Mugen” Striegl is up for another challenge against a former lightweight title contender, Alcer Lozada at URCC 21: WARPATH on April 28th.
Mugen steps in to replace Andrew Benibe, the original opponent of Lozada, who got injured during his training. Benibe confirmed the injury via his Facebook account.
With an impressive record of 9-0, Striegl is no doubt, one of the best featherweight fighters in Asia and possibly the next Filipino-American fighter to be signed by the biggest mixed martial arts promotions in the world, the UFC.
Know more about Mark “Mugen” Striegl’s life by reading his biography:
Mark “Mugen” Martinez Striegl (9-0) is a half Filipino-half American professional mixed martial artist born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Mark is also a co-promoter of Gods Fighting Championship and a member of Team Buffet.
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 9-0, having competed and eaten at several buffets in Taipei, Baguio, Saipan, Macau and Thailand.
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.
MMAOrient interview with fast-rising MMA featherweight phenom, Mark “Mugen” Striegl.
MMAOrient: Mark, thanks for taking the interview a week before URCC 21: WARPATH. You’re taking this one on short notice, right? How’s life aside from this fight?
Life is good! Yes, I’m taking this fight on short notice, about 2 weeks.
MMAOrient: What do you do when you’re not competing?
Training and fighting take up a lot of energy. So when I’m not competing I like to kick back, watch movies, play games, and eat good food. You could call it “lounge sport.”
MMAOrient: Since you’ve entered the sport, what’s been your proudest accomplishment so far? What about your biggest challenge?
That’s hard to answer. I don’t think I can name a specific accomplishment or challenge.
MMAOrient: What team/coach are you training under and what’s the atmosphere like where you train?
I’m training with the Muayfit Elite Fight Team in Kuala Lumpur right now. There are so many beasts at this gym. They’re not only great training partners, but a great bunch of guys too. Currently Team Buffet has anchored down in Kuala Lumpur, but damn we miss Baguio!
MMAOrient: How would you describe your strong points as a fighter?
With a wrestling background, I’m most dangerous on the ground right now. But I believe my strongest asset is the pressure I put on my opponents. I like to keep coming forward, making my opponents break mentally.
MMAOrient: Your last fight with MAD Dog at DARE. Take us through that fight.
My last fight was at the highest I ever fought – 160 lbs. It was nice that I didn’t have to diet this time around, but fighting at 160 won’t be a regular thing. The DARE experience was great and it was nice to spend some time in Thailand again.
MMAOrient: Looking ahead to URCC 21, you’ll be fighting Alcer Lozada. What do you know about him?
Not very much to be honest. From the pictures I’ve seen of him, he looks like a strong guy.
MMAOrient: He’s coming off a very humbling loss in the hands of the current URCC lightweight champion and you’re coming off an impressive win. Do you think that will playing into the fight at all?
It’s often said that you’re only as good as your last fight. I think that he will come at me with everything he’s got and fight like he’s got something to prove.
MMAOrient: How are you preparing for this fight on short notice?
My good friend and teammate Will “The Kill” Chope is also fighting on this card against Angelito Manguray. So I’ve already been training hard and helping him prepare for that. I will be ready.
MMAOrient: Without giving your entire gameplan away, how would you win this fight ideally?
Ideally, I would win by knockout or submission in the first 10 seconds.(Laughs) I doubt it will be that easy though.
MMAOrient: If you had to give last words to Alcer before this fight, is there anything you would you like to tell him?
I got nothing to say.
MMAOrient: What’s next for you after this fight?
An ice cold beer and a big box of pizza.
MMAOrient: Any last words or words of thanks before URCC 21?
I would like to thank everyone who has been supporting me thus far. Thank you. Oh! and one last thing…Team Buffet!
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