Mark Striegl’s ‘URCC: XXX’ opponent Andrew Benibe: I’ve prepared for him

Mark Striegl

Mark Striegl

MMA fighter Andrew Benibe has been fighting professionally for almost 12 years. Three years ago, he was supposed to battle it out with Mark Striegl but the bout did not materialize.

This is why Benibe was happy when he was told that he will be in the fight card of “URCC: XXX” and his opponent will be Striegl. Their match will be one of the 10 fights of the MMA event scheduled on Aug. 12, Saturday, at 7 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila.

During the weigh-ins on Aug. 11, Friday, Striegl weighed 150 lbs while Benibe weighed 141 lbs. After the weigh-ins, I sat down with Benibe for a short interview.

I asked Benibe about his thoughts on Striegl’s strengths and weaknesses as a fighter. Benibe did not hesitate to point out that Striegl’s main strength is wrestling. On the other hand, Benibe said his own strength is striking, which he will utilize it in the cage for him to win.

Before this, Benibe said that he has prepared for the fight with Striegl. The former pointed out that before he retires, it is good to fight one of the MMA superstars of Southeast Asia.

To end the short interview, I asked Benibe to give a message to Striegl and to MMA fans. To Striegl, Benibe laughingly said, “No trash talk. It’s not my thing. It’s not my style to trash talk. But let’s just get it on tomorrow.”

“And for everyone, please support Philippine MMA, URCC,” Benibe continued. “See you tomorrow, Araneta Coliseum, August 12. Bakbakan na!”

I also learned during the interview that Benibe does not have a fight name and it was his choice not to have one. On the other hand, his “URCC: XXX” opponent’s fight name is Mugen, the Japanese word for limitless.

“URCC: XXX” will be headlined by Chris Hofmann and Robert Sothmann with the Jiar Castillo-Derrich Easterling match as the co-event. Also, there will be two title fights, which are the Jojo Orao-Do Gyeom Lee and Solomon Ultra-Fritz Biagtan matches.

Watch my interview with Benibe here:

Here are some photos taken during the “URCC: XXX” weigh-ins:

Andrew Benibe

Andrew Benibe

Mark Striegl

Mark Striegl

Mark Striegl

Mark Striegl

 

 

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About Conan Altatis

I am a journalist, scriptwriter, filmmaker and actor who loves to tell stories about show business and mixed martial arts and anything in between.
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