Martin-Devela Set for Strikeforce on Sept. 20


Terry Martin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A middleweight bout between hard-hitting UFC veteran Terry Martin and rising prospect Cory Devela has been signed to take place at Strikeforce’s upcoming event at the Playboy Mansion on September 20th. The organization officially announced the bout this evening.

Devela picked up his biggest career win to date against longtime veteran Joe Riggs in a bout at “Strikeforce at the Dome” in February. Riggs succumbed to injury and re-injured his ailing back after being thrown onto the canvas by Devela. The injury required surgery but Riggs has since returned to active competition.

“I know he’s a short little brick house and a good wrestler, but I’ll have a lot of reach on him and I don’t think anybody’s wrestling compares to mine,” Devela said in a press release. “People underestimate my wrestling. Riggs did and got thrown because of that. I’m going to do the same thing to Terry if he wants to wrestle with me.”

In addition to his win over Riggs, Devela also owns a victory over former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Lodune Sincaid. Devela earned a unanimous decision over Sincaid at Sportfight 21 last December. His two professional losses came against former IFL middleweight champion Matt Horwich and Team Quest product Ed Herman respectively.

Martin meanwhile has struggled as of late, resulting in his release from the UFC earlier this year following two consecutive losses. Martin signed with Affliction Entertainment and competed at their inaugural event last month, losing via second-round knockout to one-time UFC champion Vitor Belfort.

Despite dropping three of his last four bouts, Martin promises that his fight against Devela next month will certainly be one to watch.

“Fighting has always been a part of me,” Martin said in the press release. “I come from a fightin’ family. You have to be aggressive to make it in MMA. I’m aggressive and agile and I think I have a very entertaining style.”

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