UFC veterans Rolando Dy and Mark Striegl are set to face off on an upcoming URCC card. The fight was announced last night with the latter set to put his featherweight title on the line.

Striegl was the reigning URCC featherweight champion when he was signed by the UFC three years ago. The 34 year old will be returning to the promotion to defend his title against an opponent who also has experience of competing inside the octagon:

Losing streak

Dy (14-12) did at least manage to win a fight in the octagon. But he was released by the promotion in 2018 after claiming just won victory in his four UFC bouts.

The 31 year old went on to enjoy success in the Middle East and captured the UEA Warriors featherweight title in 2019. But he is coming off a run of three straight losses competing under the Brave banner.

Impressive record

Striegl (18-4-0-1) only got to compete inside the octagon twice and was stopped on both occasions. But outside of the UFC he has a very impressive record having won 18 out of his 21 fights.

Striegl was a star with Legend FC and then signed for PXC once the promotion folded. He went on to challenge for the featherweight title there but suffered the first defeat of his career at the hands of Jang Yong Kim.

He was snapped up by ONE Championship but only fought three times for Asia’s biggest MMA promotion, winning two of those bouts. After being released he returned to the Philippines and captured the URCC featherweight crown.


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Local derby

Dy was born and bred in the Philippines and comes from a famous fighting family. His father, Rolando Navarrete, was a boxing world champion but has had some very well publicized legal problems and is estranged from his son.

Striegl’s mother is Filipino but he was born in Japan. He has been based permanently in the Philippines for several years and has spent time training in Baguio and Manila.

Dy recently opened his own MMA gym in Manila and can be extremely outspoken on social media. He has more of a bad boy image than Striegl although, apart from the occasional outburst on Facebook, he doesn’t seem to have done anything to deserve it.

Striegl is also a successful model who promotes various brands to his 103,000 social media followers. They are very different characters from very different backgrounds but the two UFC veterans are set to collide on an upcoming URCC card.