Mark Striegl was expected to be a serious contender in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division but the 28 year old suffered a surprise loss at the hands of Reece McLaren last year.
McLaren has since gone on to establish himself as the top contender in the division and earn a title shot. It’s a position Striegl aims to eventually be in and the Filipino will be looking to get back to winning ways when he faces Rafael Nunes at ONE: “Age of Domination.”
Nunes is dropping down two divisions for this December 2nd matchup which pits together two fighters with outstanding records. Striegl is 14-2 while the Brazilian boasts a 10-1 tally and looks set to be one of the biggest fighters in the bantamweight division.
Having spent his entire career competing at lightweight Nunes was probably not on Striegl’s radar and he is slightly surprised to see the Brazilian dropping down two divisions.
“I think he’s well-rounded. I was a little surprised (that Nunes is now a bantamweight) at first but he wasn’t a huge lightweight so it makes sense.”
Striegl has fought for promotions all over Asia but he doesn’t have much experience when it comes to losing. The loss to McLaren was only his second defeat in a career that has brought 14 wins and he sees it as a valuable learning experience.
“You usually learn a lot more when you lose than when you win and my fight with Reece was one of those cases.”
Striegl looked good in the early stages but faded badly down the stretch and says there were some extenuating circumstances for this.
“I had bronchitis, tonsilitis, and sinusitis, all the itis’s! And I was on antibiotics. That’s no excuse though. I remember Wanderlei Silva fought with a high fever and the flu in Pride FC. Pulling out of the fight ….View full article
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