The California-based MMA promotion officially announced the bout yesterday.
Devela has won seven straight contests including a victory over UFC veteran Joe Riggs. His lone losses came at the hands of IFL veteran Matt Horwich and UFC veteran Ed Herman.
â€œI know heâ€™s a short little brick house and a good wrestler, but Iâ€™ll have a lot or reach on him and I donâ€™t think anybodyâ€™s wrestling compares to mine,â€ said Devela in the announcement. â€œPeople underestimate my wrestling. Joe Riggs did and got thrown because of that. Iâ€™m going to do the same thing to Terry if he wants to wrestle with me.â€
After back-to-back UFC victories over Jorge Rivera and Ivan Salaverry, Martin has dropped three of his last four bouts to Chris Leben, Marvin Eastman, and Vitor Belfort while posting his lone victory over Daiju Takase. Martin was last in action on July 19th, losing to Belfort via second-round knockout at Affliction “Banned”.
â€œWhen I was in the hospital recovering [from five gunshot wounds], I was around people who were shot in the same places as me, but who couldnâ€™t walk or who lost their limbs as a result of what happened,â€ side Martin. â€œSome of them even passed away. That really made me think twice and start hanging out in a different environment. Fighting has always been a part of me. I come from a fightinâ€™ family. You have to be aggressive to make it in MMA. Iâ€™m aggressive and agile and I think I have a very entertaining style.â€
“Strikeforce at the Mansion 2″ also features Kazuo Misaki vs. Joe Riggs, Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Bobby Southworth vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral, and Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson vs. an opponent to-be-announced.