Striegl submits Suire in ONE Championship debut

Nissi Icasiano
Striegl submits Suire in ONE Championship debut
Filipino-American fighter Mark Striegl made quick work of Casey Suire in a successful ONE Championship debut

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American fighter Mark Striegl made quick work on Casey Suire to have a successful ONE Championship debut in the co-main event of the “Valor of Champions” card on Friday, April 24 at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila.

The 26-year-old Striegl swiftly latched on a rear-naked choke to force Suire to wave the white flag at 3:48 of the first round.

Like most of his matches in the past, the 26-year-old Striegl relied on his exceptional grappling pedigree early on as he scored a takedown and was looking to finish Suire with a scarf hold armlock.

Although Suire escaped the submission hold, Striegl wasted no time to sink in hooks and immediately fastened a rear-naked choke.

Suire tried to defend and shrug off the dangerous strangle by hitting the Fil-Am standout with punches, but Striegl tightly gripped his opponent’s neck to get the tap.

With the impressive victory over Suire, Striegl improves his professional standing to 14-1 and attains his 12th and 9th-consecutive submission win.

On the other hand, Suire drops to 5-1 and tastes his first setback in his prizefighting career.

Eustaquio loses by split decision

Thai kickboxer Anatpong Bunrad spoiled Geje Eustaquio’s road back to another ONE flyweight championship shot as he walked away with a split decision.

After getting pummeled by Bunrad’s signature foot-strikes in the opening salvo, Eustaquio shifted the momentum on his side in the second round by landing a combination of stiff jabs and hard rights before rocking his Thai foe with a haymaker.

In the third frame, the 26-year-old stayed in front of Bunrad and launched body kicks, but the latter returned the favor with a solid knee to the chin.

Bunrad scooped his Filipino opponent to the ground, but Eustaquio switched the position when they hit the floor, putting his body on top.

In the dying seconds of the marquee match-up, both men returned to a stand-up trade and exchanged leathers until the final bell.

In other matches, Eugene Toquero (7-1) made a triumphant return to the ONE cage after a one-year hiatus as he overwhelmed Indonesia’s Brianata Rosadhi (1-2) in their flyweight showdown.

Toquero, who was last seen in action when he outpointed Malaysian prospect Gianni Subba in May 2014, easily dragged Rosadhi down to the mat in the opening moments of the first stanza and was able to lock a rear-naked choke.

After his second attempt of the same submission hold, Toquero poured down elbows on Rosadhi’s head to compel referee Joey Lepiten to halt the action at 3:41 of round one.

In a battle of Filipino featherweights, Edward Kelly (6-2) came out on top as he submitted compatriot Jimmy Yabo (4-1, 1 NC) via first-round rear-naked choke.

Kelly, who was coming off a two-fight losing skid under the ONE banner, utilized his inside leg kicks and threw two body kicks before scoring a belly-to-belly takedown that gave him the leverage to fasten the vicious strangle at 4:05 of round one. –

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