Bonney Lake’s Cory “The One” Devela will battle Luke Rockhold in a middleweight bout at the Strikeforce Challengers mixed martial arts (MMA) event at the ShoWare Center in Kent June 19.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Devela is one of the sport’s most promising young talents and a member of the Dennis “Superman” Hallman-led Team Victory that has pioneered a hybrid-fighting style dubbed “Cowboy Karate.”
Devela (9-2) notched his best victory to date before a home crowd at Tacoma Dome when he scored a technical knockout over former Ultimate Fighting Championship star Joe “Diesel” Riggs in the first round of their Strikeforce matchup Feb. 28, 2008.
After earning a unanimous decision over his next opponent, Devela suffered a setback when he was suddenly stopped by Terry Martin with an overhand punch in the third round of their Strikeforce matchup at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills.
The matchup with Rockhold will be Devela’s first since his loss to Martin.
The 24-year-old Rockhold (4-1) is a California native and a member of Team AKA, one of the country’s most fearsome fight squads.
In his last effort, Rockhold forced Buck Meredith to tap out from a rear naked choke at the 4 minute, 7 second mark of the opening round.
Tickets for the Strikeforce Challengers event, priced from $32, are on sale at the ShoWare Center Box Office (253-856-6999 or 877-840-0457), online at ShoWareCenter.com or www.strikeforce.com.
ShoWare Center doors will open for the Strikeforce Challengers event at 5:30 p.m. and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.