MANILA, Philippines – An unbeaten Pinoy fighter is now trying to make his mark in the Asian mixed martial arts (MMA) scene.
Mark “Mugen” Striegl has Filipino roots and he’s extremely proud of it.
The 24-year-old Filipino-American has been waving the Philippine flag before and after his fights in a proud display of patriotism.
“As for carrying the Philippine flag, Filipinos are very proud people and we are very passionate people. I am proud of my heritage and proud to be living in Baguio now. Fighting in Manila is a dream of mine,” Striegl told Loqal.ph.
Striegl remains undefeated in 11 fights. His latest victory was against Guam-based Robert Wusstig. He forcibly submitted Wusstig in the recent Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) 33.
“I grew up in Tokyo because my parents are based there as teachers. My mother is from Calapan in Oriental Mindoro and my father is from New York. I decided to go back in the Philippines to train in Baguio and I consider the Philippines my country,” he said.
The 5’8” fighter idolizes fellow Filipino-American Brandon Vera and Mark Muñoz who both fight in the Ultimate fighting Championship (UFC).
Striegl said he plans to remain fighting as long as he can.
“As long as my body holds up, I am healthy and as long as I enjoy competing, I’ll keep fighting.”