On Feb. 19, 2011, Mark “Mugen” Striegl entered the cage at “URCC Baguio 3: Invasion” as an undefeated professional MMA fighter with 2 wins. He left the cage then with his third win after defeating Team Lakay fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge via rear-naked choke submission.
When I interviewed Striegl at Hybrid Manila gym in Pasig City, Metro Manila, on July 22, he recalled his first MMA fights starting with his debut fight on July 25, 2009 at Star Light Bowl at Balboa Park in San Diego, California, at “TC 34: Total Combat 34” where he defeated Andy Jewett via rear-naked choke submission. Striegl described himself at the time as a young fighter hungry for fights.
On Aug. 1, 2010, Striegl was invited to fight in a nightclub in Taipei, Taiwan, called Luxy Contemporary Nightlife Complex. He won via unanimous decision at “PRO Fighting 4: 180” giving South Korean fighter Bae Yong Kwon, who had three wins, his first loss.
After defeating Pitpitunge at “URCC Baguio 3: Invasion,” Striegl decided to move to Baguio City and the two eventually trained together. The latter described the former as “a good guy” and Team Lakay as “a strong team.”
The bout against Pitpitunge was Striegl’s first fight under Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC). The second one was on April 28, 20112 at “URCC 21: Warpath,” where the Baguio-based MMA fighter defeated Alcer Lozada via rear-naked choke submission.
As an MMA fighter, Striegl believes that it is important to train with different gyms. Having trained with several gyms, he considers Team Lakay the strongest MMA team in the Philippines in 2011 and is still now.
On Aug. 12, Saturday, Striegl will have his third URCC fight. He will battle it out with former URCC bantamweight champion Andrew Benibe at “URCC: XXX” at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Watch my interview with Striegl here: