[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Japan: Mark Striegl, Shunichi Shimizu fight at ‘URCC Global: Raw Fury’ at Cove Manila, Parañaque City

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The Philippines and Japan were among the six countries represented at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.” Hosted by Boyet Sison, it was the first event of the Philippines-based mixed martial arts promotion URCC Global in 2019.

Featuring 10 MMA matches, “URCC Global: Raw Fury” took place at The Cove at Okada Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Shunichi “Rolling Star” Shimizu, 34, of Kuchinoerabu, Japan challenged reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30, of Baguio City, Philippines.

While Striegl was one the 17 hometown heroes who competed at “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” Shimizu solely represented Japan. China, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States were also represented.

Blue Corner

Shimizu has been competing professionally since 2005. He made his URCC Global debut at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.”

Born on January 31, 1985, Shimizu is a former UFC athlete. He is training out of Uruno Dojo in Tokyo, Japan.

Red Corner

Competing professionally since 2009, Striegl captured the URCC Global Featherweight Championship belt in 2018. “URCC Global: Raw Fury” marked his sixth URCC Global bout and on his corner were George Castro, AJ “Pyro”Lias Mansor and Jerry Legaspi.

Striegl is training out of Alliance Gym Philippines in Quezon City, Metro Manila. He was born in Tokyo on June 23, 1988 to a German-American father and a Filipino mother.

Fight Result

The match between Striegl and Shimizu was one of the five title bouts at “URCC Global: Raw Fury.” Joey Lepiten served as the referee.

After 2 minutes and 6 seconds, Shimizu asked for a time-out when he received an accidental knee to the groin from Striegl. The Japanese challenger was given 5 minutes to recover.

Shimizu decided not to continue after the 5-minute recovery time. In the end, the match was declared a No Contest so Striegl is still the reigning URCC Global Featherweight World Champion.

After “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” Striegl’s professional record is 18 wins, 2 losses and 1 No Contest. Shimizu now has 32 wins, 22 losses, 11 draws and 1 No Contest.

“URCC Global: Raw Fury” Main Event

Musa Conteh, 32, of Atlanta, Georgia, United States challenged two-division champion Chris Hofmann, 29, of the Philippines and Switzerland for the URCC Global Middleweight Championship title in the main event. The Filipino-Swiss defending champion knocked out his American challenger.

Check the complete results of “URCC Global: Raw Fury” on Conan Daily. Watch the bout between Striegl and Shimizu here:

Mark Striegl vs Shunichi Shimizu at ‘URCC Global: Raw Fury’

Previously known as the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), URCC Global will hold its first event in 2019 at the Cove Manila of Okada Manila at New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2019. Titled “URCC Global: Raw Fury,” it will feature the first title defense of reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30, of Baguio City, Philippines.

Set to challenge Striegl at “URCC Global: Raw Fury” is mixed martial arts veteran Shunichi “Rolling Star” Shimizu, 34, of Kuchinoerabu, Japan. The challenger has been competing professionally since 2005 and he is riding a four-bout losing streak.

“Experience is definitely an advantage but I don’t think it gives him an edge against me,” Shimizu said in a statement released by URCC Global. “I’ve also had a lot of professional bouts and many amateur fights before I even turned pro.”

Currently, Shimizu holds a professional MMA record of 32 wins, 22 losses, 11 draws and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, Striegl has 18 wins and 2 losses.

Striegl became the new URCC Global Featherweight Champion on September 29, 2018. He dethroned former champion Do Gyeom “The Undead” Lee, 27, of South Korea in the main event of “URCC: Colossal” at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila.

The championship bout between Striegl and Lee at “URCC: Colossal” ended after 2 minutes and 44 seconds in the first round. The challenger submitted the defending champion via standing guillotine choke.

Competing professionally since 2009, Striegl is riding a four-bout winning streak. “URCC Global: Raw Fury” marks his sixth outing in the Philippines-based MMA promotion.

Also confirmed to compete at “URCC Global: Raw Fury” URCC Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Chris Hofmann, 29, of the Philippines. He will be challenged by Musa Conteh of the United States.

Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Striegl back in 2017:

Mark Striegl dethrones Do Gyeom Lee as URCC Global Featherweight Champion

Do Gyeom Lee, Mark Striegl
Do Gyeom Lee, Mark Striegl

South Korean mixed martial artist Do Gyeom “Undead” Lee, 27, is no longer the reigning URCC Global Featherweight Champion. He has been dethroned by Filipino-American MMA star Mark “Mugen” Striegl, 30.

On September 29, 2018, Striegl and Lee headlined “URCC: Colossal,” which took place at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. This is the first event of the Universal Reality Combat Championship since changing its name to the URCC Global.

Referee Joey Lepiten put a stop to the featherweight championship bout between Striegl and Lee at 2:44 of Round 1. The Filipino-American challenger submitted the Korean defending champion via standing guillotine choke.

Conditioning trainer George Castro of Alliance MMA Gym and A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor were in Striegl’s corner at “URCC: Colossal.” Castro is the trainer of reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 40.

“I’m ready to go any time,” Striegl said when asked whether he prefers to defend his title in 2018 or in 2019. “But first things first. It’s been a long and gruelling training camp. I’m going to enjoy a short break and some good food.”

Dethroning Lee at “URCC: Colossal” improved Striegl’s professional MMA record to 18 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Lee’s record downgraded to 5 wins and 2 losses.

“URCC: Colossal” marked Striegl’s fifth URCC bout. Lee is his second Korean opponent in the promotion.

On February 19, 2011, Striegl made his URCC debut at “URCC Baguio 3: Invasion” where he submitted Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge of the Philippines via rear-naked choke. On April 28, 2012, Striegl submitted Alcer Lozada of the Philippines via rear-naked choke at “URCC 21: Warpath.”

On August 12, 2017, Striegl submitted Andrew Benibe of the Philippines at “URCC 30.” On December 13, 2017, the former defeated Ki Sung Kim of South Korea via unanimous decision at “URCC: BETS 4.”

Here is a short interview with Striegl months before he was crowned the new URCC Global Featherweight Champion: