Mark Striegl doesn’t count out Ting’s power but expects Folayang to push the right buttons to retaining his lightweight title.
Filipino-American fighter Mark Striegl always wanted to compete in front of Pinoy MMA fans. Throughout nearly half of his career, the country has seen both his glorious victories and humbling defeats.
Although he many not be competing in the promotion’s card this Friday, the 28-year old is excited, much like any Pinoy fight fan, for lightweight champion Eduard Folayang’s first title defense.
“For sure I always hope that I’m on all the One Championship cards here in Manila, and I’m not fighting in this card, but you know, there’s still the April card and hopefully I can fight again soon,” Mark tells Dojo Drifter, “I’ve been training hard and definitely just wishing Eduard and all the other fighters on the card the best. It’s definitely gonna be a stacked card and good night of fights.”
Philippine’s own Folayang is set to defend his title five months after ending Shinya Aoki’s reign. He will face New Zealand-based Malaysian Ev Ting as the night’s headliner, along with fellow Team Lakay standouts Honorio Banario, Kevin Belingon, and Gina Iniong, who’ll make her promotional debut.
“Mugen” sees the title fight to be action-packed as both men have what it take to win, expecting the champion from the Cordilleras to retain his title. “It’s gonna be a great and explosive fight as both guys are dynamic strikers who move around a lot,” Striegl says. “I’m confident Eduard’s gonna take it. He does everything Ev does but just a little better in all areas. I think Eduard’s speed will be a determining factor in the fight. I think he’ll be a little too fast for Ev.”
However, Striegl doesn’t discount a possibility of an upset given Ting’s power, something which he personally experienced in his early years in now-defuncted Legend FC.
“Ev’s always been heavy handed. I remember when we fought, he threw some overhand shots just from the guard position,” he shares of his experience fighting Ting, who he fought and defeated back in 2012.
“I remember I was seeing some stars, so you know, he does have big power, but I think as long as Eduard uses his footwork and his speed and he stays out of danger and utilize his movement, he’ll be fine.”