Mark Striegl (Photo courtesy of ONE)
MANILA – Filipino Mark Striegl suffered a crucial loss in his highly anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, bowing to Russian opponent Said Nurmagomedov early Sunday (Philippine Time) at UFC Fight Night 150 at the UFC Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.
Nurmagomedov stunned Striegl with a solid left hook that set up the former’s knockout attack.
The referee stopped the contest in just 51 seconds, giving Nurmagomedov his 14th win in his career against two losses.
Meanwhile, Striegl, the current Universal Reality Combat Championship featherweight champion, lost for just the third time in his career against 18 wins but his first time by knockout.
His previous two losses to South Korean Kim Jang-Yong at PXC 39 and Filipino-Australian Reece McLaren at ONE: Spirit of Champions were all by submission.
Striegl won a gold medal in the men’s 74-kilogram division of the sambo competition in the 2019 Manila Southeast Asian Games. (PNA)