By Tracy Cabrera
TOMORROW, Sunday October 18, a well-recovered Filipino American mixed martial art fighter Mark Striegl is set to make his debut in the octagon arena to face Russian bantamweight Said Nurmagomedov 126 to 135 weight category in one of the undercard matches in the Universal Fighting Championship (UFC)’s Fight Night: Ortega vs. Korean Zombie.
After an aborted debut in the UFC arena due to his Covid-19 diagnosis, the Fil-Am fighter posted on his official Facebook page that he is ready to face the Russian warrior in a three-round bout that would settle their dispute over the bantamweight division set at the prestigious Flash Forum on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Striegl’s opponent is the cousin of reigning UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Thank you UFC and Ruby Sports & Entertainment for the quick turnaround. Let’s go!” an enthusiastic Striegl enthused in his Facebook post.
The 2019 Southeast Asian Games sambo gold medalist looks to extend his four-game winning streak against the determined Russian fighter, whose seven-game winning streak was snapped last December by three-time Resurrection Fighting Alliance featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos of Brazil.
Striegl sports an 18-2 win-loss record, while Nurmagomedov has a 13-2 win-loss record.
The 32-year old Baguio City native was supposed to make his UFC debut last August 22 against another Russian fighter, Timur Valiev, in UFC’s Fight Night: Munoz vs. Edgar at Las Vegas, Nevada. But hours before the match, he was tested positive for Covid-19.
In an interview last September 3, Striegl happily shared he is free from the coronavirus and already started his training for his highly-anticipated UFC debut.
Striegl joins fellow MMA fighters Brandon Vera and Mark Muñoz as one of the Filipinos who has fought in the UFC.