Welcome to the UFC: Mark Striegl

Mark Striegl will make his UFC debut this weekend
Mark Striegl Credit: ONE Championship

The UFC is back on Fight Island this week with an excellent fight card. Headlining UFC Fight Island 6 is a featherweight bout in Brian Ortega vs Chan Sung Jung. Also on the card is Jessica Andrade vs Katlyn Chookagian, the debut of Mateusz Gamrot, Gillian Robertson, and many fun up-and-comers. That includes Said Nurmagomedov (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who will be welcoming Mark Striegl to the UFC.

Mark “Mugen” Striegl
Baguio, Philippines
Fist Gym
18-2, 1 NC
14 Submissions

How will Striegl fare in the UFC:

Striegl is a veteran of the sport being a pro since 2009. He has some nice wins against opponents like Ev Ting and current UFC flyweight contender Kai Kara-France. If you look at his record you will see instantly he’s a grappler with 14 submissions (more on that in a moment). Once he closes the distance he is good at creating takedowns. He does have plodding footwork and at times you can see him about to shoot from a mile away.

Although on paper the indication is he’s a high-level grappler, that’s not necessarily the case. Striegl has an excellent rear-naked choke and a solid keylock but I’m not convinced he can have the same success in the UFC. He really doesn’t have much to offer on the feet. He stands really squared and doesn’t really throw a lot of output. So he may struggle to get the fight where he wants it. I don’t expect much out of his UFC run due to being one-dimensional, not to mention he’s already 32-years-old.

How he matches up with Valiev:

Nurmagomedov has a huge advantage when this fight is standing. He is always throwing in bunches, mixing in kicks and punches ripping combinations to the head and body. Striegl will no doubt try to wrestle but Said is maybe the better all-around grappler. I just favor Said anywhere this fight goes.