Mark Striegl biography: 32 things about Asian MMA superstar, sambist, model, actor

Mark Striegl (©Art Estrana)

Mark Striegl (©Art Estrana)

Mark Edward “Mugen” Martinez Striegl is a professional mixed martial artist, sambist, model and actor. He was born in Tokyo, Japan on June 23, 1988 to German-American father Frank L. Striegl Sr. and Filipino mother Sonya Martinez Striegl.

Frank, from New York, United States, and Sonya, from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, met in Tokyo where they worked as international school teachers. They have another son named Frank Striegl Jr., who is older than Mark.

As a professional MMA fighter, Mark has competed in several promotions including Legend Fighting Championship, Pacific Xtreme Combat, ONE Championship and Universal Reality Combat Championship, which has been renamed as URCC Global. Here are 32 more facts about him:

  1. He is 5’8″.
  2. He can cook pizza from scratch.
  3. He loves creating ceramics. In 2015, he told Evolve MMA that he finds it “relaxing just like in the movie ‘Ghost.'”
  4. He is a movie buff. Among his favorite films are “Braveheart,” “Gladiator” and “Rocky.” He likes Bollywood films, too.
  5. He started training aikido in 1994 and started training wrestling in 1996.
  6. When he was in high school in St. Mary’s International School in Setagaya City, Tokyo, he joined the Wajutsu Keisyukai GODS dojo in Ota, Tokyo.
  7. After graduating from St. Mary’s International School, he moved to San Diego, California, USA with his family.
  8. While in the U.S., he shuttled between San Diego and Tokyo regularly as he still trained at the Wajutsu Keisyukai GODS dojo.
  9. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of San Diego.
  10. As a fighter, he considers Manny Pacquiao as one of his inspirations.
  11. He is trained by George Castro, who also trains Brandon Vera.
  12. He considers A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor from Malaysia and Yuji Hoshino from Japan as his main MMA mentors.
  13. It was his big brother Frank who inspired him to start martial arts.
  14. It was his big brother Frank who suggested his fight name Mugen, which is Japanese for “limitless” and name of a character from the Japanese animated series “Samurai Champloo.”
  15. He started using Mugen as his fight name after his third professional fight.
  16. He submitted Andy “Hurricane” Jewett of the U.S. via rear-naked choke when he made his professional MMA debut at “Total Combat 34” at the Star Light Bowl at Balboa Park in San Diego on July 25, 2009.
  17. Held in Baguio City, Philippines on February 19, 2011, “URCC Baguio 3: Invasion” marked his first MMA bout in the country. He submitted Crisanto Pitpitunge of the Philippines via rear-naked choke.
  18. After “URCC Baguio 3: Invasion,” he relocated to Baguio City.
  19. He is a P.E. teacher in Christian Legacy Academy in Baguio City.
  20. His first Japanese opponent in a professional MMA bout was Yusuke “Bancho” Kawanago, who he defeated at “Legend Fight Championship 5,” which marked his first split decision victory.
  21. He was an undefeated professional MMA fighter from 2009 to 2012.
  22. In his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Valor of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 24, 2015, he submitted Casey Suire of the U.S. via rear-naked choke. The latter died in a motorcycle accident in Bali, Indonesia on February 5, 2017.
  23. He played one of the male salameanions in “Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad,” which starred Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. A Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 entry, the comedy film premiered in the Philippines on December 25, 2017.
  24. As a Baguio City resident, he was honored in the Kafagway/Kordillera International Sports Luminary Awards Podium (Kislap) in 2018 and in 2019.
  25. He is an ambassador for Under Armour Philippines.
  26. As a model, he has worked with several brands including Bench, Chic n’ Honey, Whey King Supplements Philippines, EuphoriaMaxx, Shopee Philippines, Police Combat Extreme and Sprinto, among others.
  27. On September 29, 2018, he dethroned Do Gyeom “The Undead” Lee of South Korea as the URCC Global Featherweight World Champion at “URCC: Colossal” at the Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
  28. On October 7, 2018, he served as a judge in the Miss World Philippines 2018 coronation night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
  29. Held at Cove Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila on April 27, 2019, “URCC Global: Raw Fury” marked his first MMA bout to end in a No Contest. He defended his URCC Global Featherweight World Championship belt from Shimizu “Rolling Star” Shunichi of Japan.
  30. On December 5, 2019, he won the gold medal in sambo in the -74kg division at the Southeast Asian Games 2019 by defeating Deni Fadhillah of Indonesia and Ashvin Singh Jaswant of Singapore at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines.
  31. After winning a sambo gold medal at the SEA Games 2019, he visited Davao City, Philippines for the first time and was welcomed by Pilipinas Sambo Federation Inc. (PSFI) officials including president Paolo Claudio, vice president Bogs Quitain and secretary  general Paolo Tancontian along with Philippine Sambo National Team head coach Ace Larida, according to Mindanao Times.
  32. On December 18, 2019, he received a medal representing the rank of Kamagi under the Order of Lapulapu from Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace in Manila, Philippines.

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