Josue Jamlang, InterAKTV
The most anticipated PXC fight card in the Philippines was forced to be reshuffled two weeks before fight night, but that didn’t deter the fans one bit. Packed to the rafters, the Ynares Sports Arena crowd was treated to an explosive lineup of fights from start to finish.
In the absence of the highly anticipated title fight between locals Ale Cali and Erwin Tagle, Filipino-American Mark Streigl was handed co-main event responsibilities. There was massive pressure on the undefeated PXC debutant to make an impression, and he didn’t disappoint. The rising star put on a flawless performance, making quick work of Guam’s Robert Wusstig, ensuring his rise to the top continues to go according to plan.
The 24-year-old took the Guamanian down to the ground early and finished with an armlock from side mount less than two minutes into the fight. Improving now to an 11-0 record, with nine wins coming via submission, Streigl is clearly one of the fighters to look out for not only in the Featherweight division, but possibly at bantamweight as well, where fellow Baguio-based fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge reigns supreme.
There are whispers that the PXC will be reinforcing the 135-pound weight class with some very highly-rated undefeated fighters, and Streigl, who shouldn’t have too much trouble dropping weight, would fit comfortably in such company. Already containing the champion Pitpitunge, former champ Justin Cruz, and contender Trevin Jones, bantamweight is looking like it will be one of the most exciting and deep weight classes in the PXC.
Wherever Streigl eventually decides to make his mark, one thing is for certain, fans will be eagerly anticipating his next fight. With his debut proving the hype around his ability, Mark is certainly on his way to becoming a Filipino MMA star.