MANILA, Philippines – ONE Championship’s event on December 11 continues to take shape as two more representatives from the Philippines have been added to the “Spirit of Champions” fight card.
Mark Striegl faces Jordan Lucas in a 3-round bantamweight bout, while former boxing world champion Ana Julaton makes her return inside the ONE cage following a one-year hiatus as she squares off with Irina Mazepa.
Striegl made his promotional debut under the ONE banner this past April by submitting Casey Suire via first-round rear-naked choke.
The 27-year-old “Mugen” established himself as one of the top Pinoy mixed martial competitors with stellar stints in different promotions across the Asian region such as Pacific Xtreme Combat, Legend FC and Ultimate Reality Combat Championship, to name a few.
In addition, he holds an impressive prizefighting record of 14-1, with 12 wins coming by way of submission.
As he seeks to get a shot at Bibiano Fernandes’ ONE bantamweight championship, Striegl needs a decisive victory over Lucas, who is a highly-touted prospect from Melbourne, Australia.
Lucas (8-0), who makes his first ONE appearance against Striegl, is coming off two-straight submission triumphs and only went the distance twice in his three-year professional career.
In the other match-up, Julaton and Mazepa were supposed to cross paths in August 2014, but the 32-year-old Russian pulled out from her scheduled encounter with the 5-foot-5 Filipina-American due to an undisclosed injury that she sustained in training.
Mazepa (1-0) is a decorated kickboxer and wushu practitioner, who made her ONE debut by knocking out Ann Osman in the first round this month.
On the other hand, Julaton (2-1) had 3 fights in ONE last year and was last seen in action when she outpointed Walaa Abbas via unanimous decision in December 2014.
Aside from Striegl and Julaton, homegrown talent Ruel Catalan (2-6) is also slated for ONE: Spirit of Champions as he locks horns with Alex Silva (2-1).
ONE: Spirit of Champions, which takes place at Pasay City’s SM Mall of Asia Arena, is headlined by a world heavyweight championship clash between Brandon Vera and Chi Lewis Parry. – Rappler.com
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