2019 SEA Games: Pinoy MMA star Mark Striegl, Chino Sy deliver gold in Combat Sambo

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 05, 2019 06:39 PM
2019 SEA Games: MMA star Striegl, Sy deliver gold in Sambo
MMA champion Mark Striegl now also a SEA Games gold medalist (Photo courtesy of Trisha Mostoles of ABS-CBN News)

Fil-German mixed martial artist Mark "Mugen" Streigl captured gold of a different kind as he took the top prize in the Men's 74-KG category of Combat Sambo in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Thursday evening at the AUF Gymnasium in Angeles City, Pampanga. 

Striegl blanked Indonesia's Deni Fadhillah, 2-0 in the semifinals before dominating Singapore's Ashvin Jaswant Singh, 8-0, to secure the gold. 

An elite-level grappler, Striegl took Singh down at will and controlled the match from start to finish to cruise to the medal-clinching win. 

Considered as one of the Philippines' top mixed martial artists, Striegl owns an 18-2 professional record with stints in promotions such as PXC and ONE Championship. The 31-year old is currently the URCC's reigning featherweight champion. 

Striegl wasn't the only Pinoy to take gold in Combat Sambo, as Davao's Chino Sy topped the Men's 82-KG division. 

Sy, a Southeast Asian Sambo champion and decorated Judoka dominated Thailand's Sonram Jenghor, 9-0 in the semifinals before defeating Singapore's Gary Chow Weng Luen, 4-1, to take gold. 

Fellow Pinoy bets Patrick Manicad (82-KG) and Jose Rene Mondejar III (90-KG) both bowed out in the semifinals. 


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