Top prospect Mark Striegl is fresh off a first-round submission win in his bantamweight debut. The Filipino, who is preparing for what promises to be a big 2015, recently announced he would be moving to Singapore to become a full-time member of the Evolve MMA fight team.
Striegl’s current record stands at 13-1 with 11 of his wins coming courtesy of a submission. He has been heavily linked with both the UFC and ONE FC after establishing himself as one of the most successful and marketable stars in the Philippines.
Striegl earned a title shot with Legend FC after beating Yusuke Kawanago by split decision, but decided to part ways from the now-defunct organization because he wanted the opportunity to fight regularly in Manila.
He went on to win three fights in a row in the Philippines, all by first-round submission, but came up short in a PXC title shot against Jang Yong Kim, when he was submitted in the fourth round of a “Fight of the Year” contender.
The 26-year-old returned to action last month at the Malaysian Invasion Season 2 Finale, where he beat well-respected New Zealander Kaiwhare Kara-France by first-round submission in his first ever fight at 135 pounds.
Having beaten some of the top fighters in the region, like former Legend FC champion Kawanago, former Road FC title challenger Bae Young Kwon, former PXC champions Harris Sarmiento, and Crisanto Pitpitunge; he hopes joining Evolve MMA will give him the impetus to sign with a major international organization.
Striegl plans to return to training in early 2015, when he will be hoping to make his mark on the bantamweight division.
“135 pounds is definitely the best weight class for me because I was never a big 145-pounder. Evolve MMA is the best place for me to realize my full potential as a mixed martial artist and I think working with all the world champion trainers there will help me take my career to the next level,” he said.
Striegl has been based in Baguio for the past few years, but will be relocating to Singapore in the next few months. He is likely to be back in action in early 2015 with both the UFC and ONE FC likely to be interested in securing his services.
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