Striegl beefs up stamina for Jang bout

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UNDEFEATED mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Mark Striegl told reporters that he already improved his stamina for his upcoming title fight against the formidable Korean Jang Yong Kim in the main event of Pacific X-Treme Combat (PXC) 39 on Saturday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City.

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Striegl, 25, a Filipino-American, told reporters during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at the Shakey’s Malate branch that he trained hard in Baguio City to improve his cardio vascular conditioning via running and sparring.

“I’m getting faster and stronger than before. My stamina also looks better than my last fight,” said the featherweight Striegl, who holds a record of 12 wins – 10 by submissions. “I’m ready to take what Jang will bring on the table. I do not know what will happen, it’s either by knockout or submission.”

“I cannot set aside this title opportunity. I have to give my best shot,” added Striegl, whose opponent holds a 7-6 win-loss card. “He does look pretty big. But we’ll see during the fight.”

Fellow fighters Glen Ranillo and Ernesto Montilla Jr., who were present in the forum, consider Striegl as arguably, “the best MMA fighter in the country today.”

Ranillo will be up against Isiah Ordiz while Montilla takes on Roldan Sangcha-an in a flyweight match. Both bouts are parts of a seven-match undercard of the Jang- Striegl main event.

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