Mark Edward Martinez Striegl was born in Tokyo, Japan, on June 23, 1988. His American father is from New York while his Filipino mother is from Calapan, Mindoro, Philippines.
Striegl finished grade school and high school in Japan where his parents work as international teachers. For university, he moved to San Diego and took up Physical Education.
Currently, Striegl is based in Baguio City, Philippines, where he teaches PE in a school named Christian Legacy Academy. The city is also home to the famed Team Lakay.
Inspired by his big brother, Striegl started his mixed martial arts training as a young kid in Japan. When he moved to San Diego, he continued his training and made his professional MMA debut there before moving back to Asia.
On Aug. 1, 2010, Striegl had his first professional MMA fight in Asia. It was in a nightclub in Taipei, Taiwan, where he defeated South Korean fighter Bae Yong Kwon via unanimous decision.
On Feb. 19, 2011, Striegl fought in the Philippines for the first time. He submitted Team Lakay fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge via rear-naked choke at “URCC Baguio 3: Invasion,” after which the Filipino-American MMA fighter decided to move to Baguio City.
When Striegl is not in the gym for his MMA training or in school teaching PE, he is also doing some modelling gigs. Recently, he and top Team Lakay fighter Edward Folayang were tapped to be part of the newest watch collection from Police Combat Extreme.
With Striegl’s resemblance to Mark Wahlberg, it will not be surprising if the MMA fighter-PE teacher-model adds acting to his resume in the next few years. The fight name of this hyphenated handsome man born and raised in Tokyo is Mugen, the Japanese word for limitless, and the challenges he is willing to take on seem to be infinite.
On Aug. 12, Saturday, Striegl will return to the cage as he battles it out with former URCC bantamweight champion Andrew Benibe at “URCC: XXX” at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, where the “Thrilla in Manila” match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place in 1975. Here is a clip from an interview I had with Striegl on July 22 at Hybrid Manila gym in Pasig City: