Mixed martial arts fighter Mark Striegl found success in Southeast Asian Games sambo when the Germany-raised Filipino topped the men's 74-kg category in Angeles City, Pampanga, on Thursday.
Striegl beat Indonesia's Deni Fadhillah 2-0 in the semifinals before dominating Singapore's Ashvin Jaswant Singh 8-0 to win gold at AUF Gymnasium.
An elite-level grappler, Striegl took down Singh and controlled the match from start to finish to cruise to the medal-clinching win.
Sambo, a combat sport that originated in the former Soviet Union, is a Russian acronym that stands for "self-defense without weapons."
Considered one of the Philippines' top MMA fighters, Striegl, 31, owns an 18-2 professional record with stints in promotions such as PXC and ONE Championship. He is the URCC's reigning featherweight champion.
Striegl wasn't the only Filipino to clinch gold in combat sambo, as Davao's Chino Sy topped the men's 82-kg division.
Sy, a Southeast Asian sambo champion and decorated judoka, routed Thailand's Sonram Jenghor 9-0 in the semifinals before defeating Singapore's Gary Chow Weng Luen 4-1 in the final.
Fellow Pinoy bets Patrick Manicad (82 kg) and Jose Rene Mondejar III (90 kg) both bowed out in the semifinals.
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