Mark Striegl made his long awaited UFC debut earlier this month. It didn’t go entirely according to plan for the 32 year old, who was stopped in the opening round by Said Nurmagomedov.
The Russian needed just 51 seconds to finish Striegl at UFC Fight Island 6. It might be a while before we see the URCC featherweight champion in the octagon again because he suffered a fractured orbital bone.
Striegl announced on Instagram he had undergone a procedure to correct the injury:
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Warning: graphic images. Got my orbital bone fractured in my last fight which required surgery here in Baguio. Thank you, Dr. Carlo Pagalilauan and the @ufc for taking care of me! ❤️???? Looking forward to setting off lots of metal scanners at airports in the future ????????♂️.
The bout took place in Abu Dhabi but Striegl is back in Baguio, the city he has called home for much of his MMA career. He underwent surgery at the city’s Hospital of the Sacred Heart.
The loss was only the third of Striegl’s career. The PXC, URCC and ONE Championship veteran holds a record of 18-3 and the only fighters to have beaten him previously were Jang Yong Kim and Reece McLaren.
Striegl is an Asian MMA veteran who has fought in Taiwan, the Philippines, Macau, Thailand and Malaysia. He grew up in Japan and has competed for numerous promotions including Pro FC, Dare, Malaysian Invasion and Legend FC.