Reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30, of Baguio City, Philippines is set to defend his belt at “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” the first event of Philippines-based mixed martial arts promotion URCC Global in 2019. His challenger is Shunichi “Rolling Star” Shimizu, 34, of Kuchinoerabu, Japan.
“URCC Global: Raw Fury” will take place at the Cove Manila of Okada Manila at New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2019. It marks Striegl’s first title defense as the reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion.
This will be Striegl’s sixth outing in the URCC, which was renamed URCC Global in 2018. In a statement released by URCC Global, the Japan-born Filipino-American mixed martial arts superstar said, “I’ve been training in Baguio at high elevation and working hard with Coach George Castro.”
On September 29, 2018, Striegl challenged then reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion Do Gyeom “The Undead” Lee, 27, of South Korea in the main event of “URCC: Colossal” at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila. The challenger submitted the defending champion via standing guillotine choke in the first round.
In preparation for “URCC: Colossal,” Striegl worked closely with George Castro of Alliance MMA Gym and A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor. Castro and Mansor were the Baguio-based MMA fighter’s cornermen during the fight night.
Four of Striegl’s previous bouts in the promotion ended via submission. On December 13, 2017, he defeated Ki Sung Kim of South Korea via unanimous decision at “URCC: BETS 4” at the Waterfront Airport Hotel and Casino in Lapu-lapu, Cebu, Philippines.
Competing professionally since 2009, Striegl is riding a four-bout winning streak. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 18 wins and 2 losses.
On the other hand, Shimizu has 32 wins, 22 losses, 11 draws and 1 No Contest. He has been competing professionally since 2005 and he is riding a four-bout losing streak.
Shimizu made his debut in Pancrase in 2008. He had 5 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest in the Japanese MMA promotion.
Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Striegl back in 2017: