AFTER recovering from a shoulder injury, Filipino-American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Mark Striegl shoots for the vacant Pacific X-Treme Combat (PXC) featherweight belt on September 24. Striegl will battle Korean knockout sensation Jang Yong Kim in PXC 39 in a still undetermined venue in the Philippines.
Striegl, 25, who remains undefeated in 12 fights, 10 of those won via submission, said he is ready to face the Korean “Beast” who boasts of a record of six triumphs, five losses and a draw.
“I prepared very hard for this title fight because I know my opponent is not that easy,” Striegl told MMA website mmamania.com. “Kim is a great fighter who likes to strikes and also has a great grappling ability. I expect war from him.”
Striegl, who beat Filipino lightweight champion Harris Sarmiento via scarf hold armlock in the first round of PXC 34 in November 2012, was supposed to face Yusuke Yachi in the feather- weight semifinals in May but the fight was cancelled because one of the fighters suffered injury.
The 29-year-old Kim, for his part, thumped Nate Thorell in PXC 37 with a Kimura lock in the first round to secure a featherweight title shot.
After his compatriot Cris Pitpitunge lost the PXC bantamweight belt to Michinori Tanaka in May, Striegl aims to become the fourth Filipino to become a PXC champion.