Reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 31, has two upcoming international combat sambo competitions. The Filipino-American mixed martial artist will represent the Philippines at the World Martial Arts Masterships 2019 and the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
Almost 4,000 athletes and officials from around 100 countries will participate in the World Martial Arts Masterships 2019 in Chungju, North Chungcheong, South Korea from August 30, 2019 to September 6, 2019. They will compete in 20 martial arts including taekwondo, judo, Muay Thai, Ju-Jitsu and combat sambo.
Striegl is scheduled to compete in combat sambo at the World Martial Arts Masterships 2019 from September 2-6, 2019. Philippine sambo team coach Jerry Legaspi said the URCC Global Featherweight World Champion is “doing great in combat sambo training.”
“He will be fighting combat sambo in Korea this September with the Philippine Sambo team,” Legaspi said of Striegl. “Others will be fighting in India and Russia this September also.”
According to Legaspi, Striegl is currently working on grip fighting and throws using the sambo competition outfit called kurtka. The coach said the MMA champion is “adapting to the kurtka and adding his wrestling skills and striking making him a good candidate for a medal in the SEA games here in the Philippines.”
While Striegl is based in Baguio City, Philippines, he is undergoing a combat sambo training at Round 1 in Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines. Among his training mates are his fellow URCC Global athlete Patrick dos Santos and New Zealand Golden Gloves boxer Jan Rebong.
To be hosted by the Philippines from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019, the 2019 SEA Games is the 30th edition of the biennial regional multi-sport event. Among the designated hubs are Metro Manila; Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone, Angeles, Pampanga and Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City, Zambales.
The proposed venue for combat sambo is at the Angeles University Foundation gymnasium in Angeles. It will also be the venue for arnis.
A Soviet martial art and combat sport, sambo originated in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic in Soviet Union. The name of the sport is a portmanteau for the Russian words samozashchita bez oruzhiya, which literally means self-defense without weapons.
The highest governing body for sambo is the Fédération Internationale de SAMBO (International Federation of Amateur SAMBO). It recognizes two main formats of the sport namely sport sambo and combat sambo.
Similar to MMA, combat sambo allows extensive forms of striking and grappling. Unlike MMA, however, combat sports allows not only punches, kicks, elbows and knees but also groin strikes, headbutts, soccer kicks, laid kicks and all kinds of chokes, holds, throws and locks except for a standing or flying wristbar.
Meanwhile, here is Striegl doing some takedown drills with MMA and wrestling coach Neil Larano at Round 1: