SAN JOSE, Calif. —The hard-hitting middleweight (185 lb. limit) battle between Terry Martin (17-6) and Cory “The One” Devela (9-2) will highlight the premiere of Strikeforce’s second affair at Hugh Hefner’s world-famous Playboy Mansion on NBC tomorrow night.
The all-new “Strikeforce on NBC” episode will also include a feature segment on Martin, one of mixed martial arts’ (MMA) most compelling stories. A former gang member, he survived five gun-shot wounds that nearly took his life at age 15 on the streets of his native Chicago, Illinois.
Martin has since earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and pursued a dual career in professional boxing and MMA. At 28 years old, he is also a candidate for a master’s degree in psychology.
Devela’s appearance at the Playboy Mansion marked his second start for Strikeforce. During the promotion’s debut in Tacoma, Washington on February 23rd, the 24-year-old protégé of MMA superstar, Dennis “Superman” Hallman, stopped Joe “Diesel” Riggs with a hard throw in the first round that forced an incapacitated Riggs to verbally submit.
Following its production of the first-ever MMA event at the Playboy Mansion on September 29, 2007, Strikeforce returned to the Beverly Hills, California venue with a star-studded affair on September 20, 2008.
“Strikeforce on NBC,” the first 52-week mixed martial arts series in network television history, airs every Saturday, immediately following NBC’s hit poker tournament series, “Poker After Dark” (check local listings).
Strikeforce is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, Strikeforce has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with “Shamrock vs. Gracie.” Since then, it has co-produced the first SHOWTIME PPV mixed martial arts event in history with its world championship “Shamrock vs. Baroni” card on June 22, 2007 followed by the first-ever mixed martial arts event at the world-famous Playboy Mansion on September 29, 2007. On April 12th of this year, Strikeforce launched the first-ever 52 week MMA series on one of the four major television networks in The U.S. – NBC.