Since his pro MMA debut in July of 2009, Mark Striegl has been on a tear and he has no plans of slowing down until he gets to the pinnacle of his career.
Mark “Mugen” Striegl has proven through his track record that he is undoubtedly, the best Filipino featherweight fighter today; he boasts an unbelievable record of 12-0 (10 submissions, 2 decisions) including his recent submission victory over seasoned veteran, Harris “The Hitman” Sarmiento at PXC 34.
Striegl’s popularity is going global as he has been featured in some of the largest MMA magazines in Asia and has recently signed a sponsorship deal with one of the world’s leading footwear companies for athletes, Vibram FiveFingers. There are also rumors that he will be the next PXC fighter to be signed by the largest MMA organization in the world, the UFC. Some say, it is just a matter of time until we see this talented warrior fighting inside the world-famous octagon.
The 24-year-old Filipino-American fighter has outstanding wins over former PXC bantamweight champion Crisanto Pitpitunge, Bae Yong Kwon, Ev Ting and the current PXC lightweight king Harris Sarmiento. Striegl is widely considered as the “next big thing” in the Filipino MMA scene and is no doubt one of the most destructive fighters in Asian MMA.
So far, no one has come close to solving the puzzle of Mark Striegl. It seems that Striegl’s MMA game gets better each time he steps into the cage.
It is no secret that Striegl’s ground game is his bread and butter, but no one knows how good Striegl’s striking is, which he has developed over the past two years training in the high-altitude area of Baguio City, Philippines. Striegl is training full-time in Baguio and is the head coach of the newly established fight team called “Fight Corps MMA.”
Striegl is currently signed under one of Asia’s top MMA promotions, PXC. He is 2-0 in the Guam-based organization.
His fight against top Japanese fighter Yusuke Yachi was cancelled last month due to an injury he sustained when sparring with fellow PXC fighter Glen Ranillo, but the Filipino MMA icon is looking to make his comeback in front of his hometown crowd in the Philippines on September 14th against a yet to be announced opponent.
Everytime Striegl, Ale Cali and Pitpitunge are featured on a PXC card in the Philippines, it is proven that TV ratings and gate attendance are at an all-time high. This is why he is tagged as one of the “hottest” properties of PXC. He can draw thousands of fight fans to watch him, buy his merchandise, and follow him on social media. Mark Striegl is a superstar in the making.
This is the beginning of Striegl’s path to greatness. With the rumored UFC card in the Philippines in 2014, Striegl, in my opinion, is only a win or two away from being signed and making his octagon debut next year in his backyard.
I would love to see the Striegl vs. Yachi match-up on September 14th, but Yachi’s injury requires more time to heal. Instead, a world featherweight championship match between Striegl and Korean Top Team’s Jang Yong Kim is a fight that thousands of fight fans want to see and could be equally entertaining.