Who should “Mugen” face in his URCC return?

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Who should “Mugen” face in his URCC return? Here are some prospects.

After fighting only thrice since signing with ONE Championship in December 2014, Mark “Mugen” Striegl is looking to stay more active in the URCC, where he found success in the early part of his career.

The URCC landscape has drastically changed since “Mugen” last fought in the promotion in 2012.

For one thing, it now conducts bouts inside a cage as opposed to a ring. Secondly, the promotion has gone global as it signs more foreign fighters and has worked overseas cards into its schedule. However, the most important change comes in the form of the roster.

URCC weight divisions have lost some star fighters to other promotions like ONE Championship and UFC, but with that has come the emergence of new talent and savvy veterans. Here’s a look at some of these athletes who can give the Fil-Am fighter a tough URCC homecoming.

Do Gyeom Lee
Do Gyum Lee
We don’t know if Mugen will get an immediate title shot against the South Korean champion, but no doubt this would be an exciting match-up. Both are young and athletic with skillsets that are continuously evolving. If they fight, then they’d be competing not just for the belt, but for prime position as arguably the promotion’s most marketable fighter.

Ryan dela Cruz

If Striegl has to earn his way to a title shot, then beating dela Cruz would be the way to do that. Dela Cruz went toe-to-toe against Lee late last year. He failed to dethrone the champ, but he gave Lee a legitimate run for his money. If “Mugen” can beat him, then there’s no denying he deserves a shot at the belt.

Andrew Benibe

Not a new name but still a dangerous one, the former bantamweight champion and URCC veteran certainly has what it takes to derail Striegl’s plans. It would be an Old School vs. New School match-up, with the opportunity for both fighters to claim a notable name in Philippine MMA.

Miguel Mosquera

In his last fight, he lost a decision to former champ Red Romero in one of the most action-packed URCC fights of recent memory. Well-rounded and well-conditioned, Mosquera has a chance to bounce back from defeat and gain more steam towards his title hopes should he claim victory over Striegl.

Drex Zamboanga

Moving up to featherweight may seem risky for Zamboanga, but “Mugen” too fought at bantamweight before, so size discrepancy won’t be an issue should the URCC book this bout. The stylistic match-up of this fight is also very interesting: “Mugen” comes from a solid submission wrestling base; Drex is karate black belt and BJJ blue belt. Sounds like a game of human chess to us!

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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