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SEA Games gold medalist Mark Striegl to make UFC debut on Aug. 23

30th Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Mark Striegl has signed a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship. PSC

Filipino-American fighter Mark Striegl has signed with UFC and is set to make his octagon debut on August 23.

Striegl (18-2) made the announcement on his social media accounts Thursday and will face a fellow debutant in Timur Valiev (16-2) in the undercard of UFC Fight Night: Munhoz vs. Edgar at the UFC Apex Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 23 (Manila time).

"Today I signed with the UFC! A dream come true," Striegl wrote.

The 32-year-old is the defending URCC featherweight champion and also won gold in the men's 74kg combat sambo in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year.

In prior years, Striegl has also fought under ONE Championship, PXC, Legend FC, Total Combat, and DARE.

Striegl won his first 11 fights and currently holds a four-fight win streak, though his last win came in 2018 and his last match at URCC 77: Raw Fury in April last year ended in a no contest after a low blow.

Striegl will have his hands full in his UFC bantamweight debut against Valiev, a 30-year-old fighter from Russia who has won his last six bouts.

Valiev, who has seen action in World Series of Fighting, PFL and GFC, won via unanimous decision against Taigro Costa in his last fight at GFC 22: Gorilla Fighting last December.