Aside from his German-sounding family name and Japanese nickname, Mark “Mugen” Striegl is a lot more than just being an MMA fighter. Here are 10 interesting facts about him:
1. Mugen has a pretty unique blend of ethnicity, culture and fighting styles.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, to an American father from New York and a Filipino mother from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Mugen considers himself more Filipino than American. About his fighting styles, he said he has “a pretty unique blend of Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.”
2. Mugen is a movie buff.
As an MMA fighter, Mugen expectedly includes “Braveheart,” “Gladiator” and the “Rocky” films as well as Bollywood movies among his favorite films. He said, “I’m a huge movie buff so I enjoy all kinds of movies. It doesn’t have to be a sports or action kind of movie.”
3. Mugen is open to the possibility of becoming an actor.
With his uncanny resemblance to Mark Wahlberg, Mugen is often asked whether or not he is interested in transitioning to acting in the future. He said he is open to it as he is a fighter who is up for any kind of challenge.
“An action movie would probably be more up my alley coming from fight sports, coming from mixed martial arts,” Mugen said. Although he is open to any role, he said he would be “more comfortable jumping and kicking on screen” than “romancing.”
4. Mugen lives in Baguio City, where he won his first fight in the Philippines.
A proud Filipino, MMA fighter Mark “Mugen” Striegl wants to win a title for the Philippines. It was in Baguio City where he fought his first MMA fight in the Philippines and defeated fellow Filipino fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge via rear-naked choke submission.
5. Mugen is a P.E. teacher.
After defeating Pitpitunge, Mugen fell so in love with Baguio City that he decided to move there and continue his advocacy on sports and health. He explained, “I really wanna raise awareness in the level of sports and nutrition and health here in the Philippines. I teach P.E. at a school in Baguio.”
6. Mugen can cook.
Not many fans of Mugen know that he loves cooking. He said, “After I’m done fighting, I’d like to have my own gym, and maybe my own café or restaurant. I do like cooking. I love food. I’m a huge foodie, you know, which makes it difficult because as a fighter, you have to watch your diet, you have to be very disciplined.”
7. Manny Pacquiao is the fighter that Mugen looks up to the most.
As a Filipino-American MMA fighter, Mugen is a big fan of Manny Pacquiao. The former said, “Well, the fighter that I look up to the most is Manny Pacquiao. He’s such a great fighter, he’s a good person. He’s put the Philippines on the map with boxing.”
8. Mugen looks up to Brandon Vera.
Aside from Pacquiao, Mugen also looks up to Vera, his fellow Asian-American MMA fighter. Mugen revealed that he trained with Vera in the United States and described him as “another fantastic fighter” and “overall a great guy.”
9. Mugen won 14 out of the 16 MMA fights he has fought.
Aside from Pitpitunge, the 13 other fighters Mugen defeated were Andy Jewett, Bae Young Kwon, Giovanni Sablan, Yusuke Kawanago, Pan Wen Shi, Ev Ting, Mohd Al Hafiz, Marko Huusansaari, Alcer Lozada, Robert Wusstig, Harris Sarmiento, Kaiwhare Kara-France and Carey Suire. The only two opponents he failed to defeat are Jang Yong Kim and Reece McLaren.
10. Mugen means “limitless.”
The name Mugen is a Japanese word, which means “limitless.” It fits a fighter who is up for any challenge and has a goal to become the Pacquiao of MMA.