Filipino-American featherweight sensation Mark “Mugen” Striegl is finally back in action after a year, and will face Kaiwhare Kara-France on October 25, 2014 at MIMMA 2 Grand Finals at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Malaysian Invasion MMA event heralds the amateur season 1 champions defending their titles against the season 1 contenders who went throughout many grueling match ups in their elimination bouts leading to their position. As in the season 1 event, MIMMA 2 will feature a few professional bouts to top the card. Striegl’s come back versus Kara-France is one of the first such bout announced.
Since his third round submission loss against the current PXC Featherweight Champion Jang Yong Kim at PXC 39 in September of 2013, the highly regarded Striegl has moved on, and is now ready to step back into the cage once again and get back to his winning ways. His opponent, Kara-France, is one of Australia’s most notable exports and himself a recent title contender at Australian FC. Kara-France was also stopped in his title bid by the impressive grappler Gustavo Falciroli.
Striegl, before his loss to Kim, was unstoppable with a 12-0 record, and was considered as the next big thing in Filipino MMA. Striegl was tearing his opponents apart with his outstanding grappling and explosiveness; he was an unsolved puzzle then. But the whole thing changed when he faced Korean Top Team’s Kim for the PXC title. It was a back-and-forth war on the feet and on the ground as both of them displayed their peculiar ground games against each other.
It was in the third round where Kim caught Striegl with nasty body kick which made Striegl retreat. Kim saw his opportunity, took Striegl down, and set up a kimura from the top, but stunned the arena when he pulled a leg scissor choke and make the home town hero tap in the 4:13 mark of the third round.
It was a humbling defeat for Striegl which will likely have taught him a lot, and made him a much more mature fighter. As for Kara-France, lacking the lengthy layoff his opponent has, and holding the equal ambition to avenge his recent outing, will make for an explosive fight.
Also a hot topic on the card, UFC veteran and Southeast Asia stalwart fighter welcomes untested Matt Pellino to the world of MMA.
MIMMA 2: Grand Finals
October 25, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mark Striegl vs. Kaiwhare “Kai” Kara-France
Will Chope vs Matt Pellino
Lenny Wheeler vs Massimo Capusella
Rachel Short vs Zhen Wei
Season 1 Champs vs Season 2 Contenders:
Keanu Subba vs. Joshua Khiew
Prabu Somanaidu vs Jenarten Radhakrishnan
Kenny Yap vs Muhammad Aiman
Mohd Harsul vs Mohd Rial Ismail Celestial
Ooi Aik Tong vs Agilan Thangalapani
Darren Solomon Low vs Mohd Zulhanizam
Jing Yi Chong vs Stephen Onn
FOUR PROFIGHTS ADDED TO THE MALAYSIAN INVASION MIXED MARTIAL ARTS 2 GRAND FINALS SET TO TAKE PLACE ON THE 25TH OF OCTOBER IN STADIUM NEGARA
WILL “THE KILL” CHOPE TAKES ON MATT “LIQUID MONKEY” PEELING
LENNY “THE SHOW STEALER” WHEELER AND MASSIMO “THE ZEN” CAPUSELLA SET TO CLASH
KHAIWHARE KARA-FRANCE TO BATTLE IT OUT WITH MARK “MUGEN” STRIEGL
RACHAEL “THE REVOLUTION” SHORT TO FACE ZHEN “THE IRON ROSE” WEI
25 OCTOBER 2014 – KUALA LUMPUR: The biggest amateur mixed martial arts fighting competition in Asia, if not the world, the Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA), powered by Tune Talk, will once again tremble the grounds where the Stadium Negara stand with an epic finale to a year long search for the next big name in Malaysian MMA. Four pro fights have been confirmed that will surely add to the excitement of all mixed martial arts enthusiasts present at the venue.
The most decorated MMA fighter in South East Asia, Will Chope, lands himself in MIMMA where he called out The Voice of MIMMA, Matt Pellino in a catchweight bout in order to welcome Pellino to the world of Professional MMA. It will be an interesting sight when Matt crosses over into the cage but under very different circumstances when he faces Will Chope.
Leading the pack of wolves over at the land of the headhunters is Lenny “The Show Steeler” Wheeler. Lenny has been known as one accomplished MMA fighter in the South East Asia region today. This is his comeback fight and what better way to do it than to go against The Zen, Massimo Capusella, has gotten his start in MMA under the most prestigious of trainers, in the name of former PRIDE Middleweight Champion, The Axe Murderer, Wanderlei Silva. Will The Zen be disrupted by the flashy Show Steeler, or will he be the one that steals the show tonight?
Kaiwhare Kara-France, or as most call him, Kai isn’t exactly a stranger to the Malaysian MMA community. He previously defeated Malaysian Pro MMA fighter Sam Chan in the now defunct Legend FC at Hong Kong back in 2012. He will go against Mark “Mugen” Striegl, who currently holds a very impressive Pro MMA record of 12-1 with his only loss being a 3rd round submission back in 2013. MIMMA 2 Grand Finals will also be his first fight in the Bantamweight division. This legendary clash of two powerhouses is going to be remembered for years to come.
Rachael Short is more than meets the eye. She holds a professional position in a digital agency by day, writes for international online media on weekends, trains for battles at night and has been making waves in the local women’s Muay Thai scene. This will be her professional MMA debut and Zhen “The Iron Rose” Wei is there to welcome her to the scene. . Zhen Wei has been one of the first girls in Malaysia to pick up the sport of MMA during the hay days of Malaysian MMA. This will be a second fight for the BJJ blue belt PR executive against a Brit. Although the Iron Rose is considered on of the pioneers of WMMA in Malaysia, only skills can determine the winner.
Tickets for The MIMMA2: GRAND FINALS are on sale at www.airasiaredtix.com. The tickets are according to the different seating available. Fans in Malaysia can also catch the action live on AXN and fans from around the world can enjoys the fights online via live streaming at www.mimmalive.tunetalk.com.
Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) seeks to discover and develop local MMA talents by being the platform for amateurs to compete and put their highly honed skills and countless hours of dedicated training to the test. Major cities throughout the country are targeted as centers for the tryouts to maximize the odds of potential MMA talents to be discovered. MIMMA is for all Malaysian citizens aged 18 years old and above are eligible to partake in the fighting championship which is divided into 7 different weight classes: Flyweight, Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight. Aspired to be the biggest amateur MMA fighting championship in Asia, MIMMA will also be featuring the largest prize money ever for a local tournament which is worth up to RM150,000 in total.
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