Filipino-American fighter Mark Striegl, at 32, has finally fulfilled his longtime dream after signing with the UFC.
Striegl made the announcement in a short social media post Thursday.
“Today, I signed with the UFC! A dream come true,” the 2019 Southeast Asian Games sambo gold medalist wrote in his Facebook account.
Striegl is set to make his acid-test debut in the Octagon against Russian rookie Timur Valiev in the undercard match of UFC Fight Night headlined by Frankie Edgar and Pedro Munhoz at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on August 22.
The 32-year-old Striegl becomes the latest Filipino fighter to sign with the promotion, joining compatriots Brandon Vera and Mark Muñoz, among others.
What once was mere possibility has now become a reality for Striegl, who holds a professional 18-2 record (1 NC).
The reigning URCC featherweight champion will bank on his four-match win streak once he enters the Octagon.
The Baguio native fighter is currently holed up at the Alliance MMA Gym in Las Vegas.