Everything is ready for Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 31, one of the athletes representing the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games 2019. He will compete in sambo in the -74kg division in the 30th edition of the biennial regional multi-sport event.
This is the first time sambo is included in the SEA Games, which is taking place in the Philippines from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019. Striegl is one of the 11 athletes in the national sambo team of the host country, which is the pioneer team of the sport in the country.
Striegl’s sambo competition in the SEA Games 2019 will take place at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines on December 5, 2019. One of his coaches is Jerry Legaspi, who has also coached him in his previous MMA bouts particularly in the URCC Global.
“Right now, all my focus is on combat sambo and I’ve been training for combat sambo so I’ve been taking a short break from mixed martial arts,” Striegl said in an interview on November 19, 2019 at the UFC Gym at the UP Town Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. “But it’s an honor to represent the Philippines and it’s a lifetime opportunity to represent the Philippines and be part of the national team in the Philippines for the SEA Games so I’m super excited about that.”
In the interview, Striegl revealed that his MMA comeback will happen “early next year.” He said, “I’ve got some stuff in the works.”
“I can’t say just what yet,” the reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion continued. “But I’ve got some exciting things in the works and probably yeah, first quarter, some time during the first quarter of next year.”
Competing professionally since 2009, Striegl holds a professional MMA record of 18 wins, 2 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. The last time he competed in an MMA bout was at “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” which took place at The Cove at Okada Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2019.
In the main event of “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” Shunichi “Rolling Star” Shimizu, 34, of Kuchinoerabu, Japan challenged Striegl. The bout ended in a No Contest so the Baguio-based defending champion is still the reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion.
Here is an interview with Striegl weeks before the SEA Games 2019: