Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 32, of Baguio City, Philippines will fight Timur “The Lucky” Valiev, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia in the upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship event “UFC on ESPN 15.” Both mixed martial artists are UFC debutantes and are set to battle it out in the bantamweight division.
Also called “UFC Vegas 7,” “UFC on ESPN 15” will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on August 22, 2020 and will air on ESPN and ESPN+. Both Striegl and Valiev have verbally agreed to fight on this card but contracts have yet to be signed.
It was also in the U.S. where Striegl made his professional MMA debut. Before joining the UFC, he competed in Total Combat, Pacific Rim Organized Fighting, Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC Global), Trench Warz, Legend Fighting Championship, Malaysian Fighting Championship, Dare Fight Sports, Pacific Xtreme Combat, Malaysian Invasion MMA and ONE Championship.
Born in Tokyo, Japan on June 23, 1988, Striegl is currently based in Baguio City. He started training aikido in 1994 and wrestling in 1996 and started competing as a professional MMA fighter in 2009. 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, Philippines.
On December 5, 2019, Striegl won the gold medal in sambo in the -74kg division at the Southeast Asian Games 2019. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 18 wins, 2 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest while Valiev has 16 wins and 2 losses.
Born on January 19, 1990 in Makhachkala, Valiev competed in soccer when he was in high school. He competed in pankration, grappling, kudo and hand-to-hand combat and started his MMA training in 2009.
As an MMA fighter, Valiev started competing professionally in 2010 and was undefeated from 2011 to 2015. Before joining the UFC, he competed in World Ultimate Full Contact, Urkarakh Fights, Top Fight, Dictator Fighting Championship, Colosseum Battles Champions, Fight Nights Global, Battle of Stars, World Series of Fighting, Professional Fighters League and Gorilla Fighting Championships.
Out of Valiev’s 16 professional MMA wins, five were via technical knockout and two were via submission. He is riding a six-bout winning streak.
Originally, Valiev was set to make his UFC debut and fight Jamall “Pretty Boy” Emmers, 31, of the U.S. at “UFC Fight Night 173” also known as “UFC Vegas 5” at the UFC Apex on August 1, 2020. However, for undisclosed reasons, he was removed from the card and was replaced by Vincent “The Anomaly” Cachero, 30, of the U.S.