Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 31, earned one of the gold medals for the Philippines at the Southeast Asian Games 2019. The Japan-born Filipino-American mixed martial artist competed in sambo in the -74kg division.
Running from November 30, 2019 to December 11, 2019 in the Philippines, the SEA Games 2019 is the 30th edition of the biennial regional multi-sport event. The sambo competitions took place at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines on December 5-6, 2019.
Strieg’s sambo contest was on December 5, 2019. He defeated two opponents to win the gold medal.
In the semi-finals, Striegl defeated Deni Fadhillah, 21, of Indonesia. After defeating Arthit Khuansathan, 22, of Thailand in the semi-finals, Ashvin Singh Jaswant, 28, of Singapore lost to Striegl in the final round.
This marks the first time sambo is included in the SEA Games. Striegl was one of the 11 Filipino sambists who represented the Philippines in the Russian sport.
Currently based in Baguio City, Philippines, Striegl is the reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion. He is set to make his return to mixed martial arts in 2020.
“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: