Mark “Mugen” Striegl is a Filipino-American fighter who currently holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 14 wins and two losses. In a recent interview, the ONE Championship athlete talked about his favorite films and his resemblance with Mark Wahlberg.
“It’s funny,” Striegl said. “Growing up, that’s something that people have always brought up that I have resemblance with Mark Wahlberg, that I’ve kind of look like an Asian Mark Wahlberg.”
“I don’t know if it’s because I sometimes speak like him through the side of my mouth or my eyes sometimes squint,” Striegl continued. “I’m not sure but growing up, I get the quite a lot.”
Striegl is open to trying his hand at acting although his current focus is on his MMA career. Apparently, he is a movie buff himself and among his favorite films are “Braveheart,” “Gladiator” and “Rocky.”
Released on May 24, 1995, “Braveheart” starred Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau and Patrick McGoohan. This historical drama film was written by Randall Wallace and directed by Gibson.
Directed by Ridley Scott, “Gladiator” starred Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen. This action drama film was released on May 5, 2000.
Sylvester Stallone wrote “Rocky” and played the title role in this sport drama film. It was directed by John G. Avildsen and released on December 3, 1976.
Stallone reprised the role of Rocky Balboa in the second, third, fourth and fifth sequels released in 1979, 1982, 1985 and 1990, respectively. He reprised the role again in the 2006 film “Rocky Balboa,” which he also wrote and directed.
In 2005, Stallone played Rocky Balboa in “Creed.” Directed by Ryan Coogler, the sport drama movie also starred Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed.
Striegl’s favorite films are not limited to Hollywood movies only. He said, “I just started watching some Bollywood movies, too.”
“Bollywood makes some great movies,” the ONE Championship athlete continued. “I’m a huge movie buff so I enjoy all kinds of movies. It doesn’t have to be a sports or action kind of movie.”