He's a cage-fighter that's trying to prove he's the best in the nation at 135 pounds.
In two weeks, Sioux Cityan John DeVall will head to Las Vegas in the hopes of making the cut for the hit M-M-A TV show, The Ultimate Fighter.
John "Bogus" DeVall is one of the toughest cage fighters you'll meet.
"My face was swollen, I looked like Rocky Balboa," said DeVall. "Broke my nose, had two black eyes, broke my foot in a couple spots. It was well worth it."
He's also been the one to deliver the punishment.
"I've broken more people's bones than I've gotten broken."
Now he's on a quest to be considered the best MMA fighter. He will travel to Las Vegas on April 15th to audition for a spot on season 18 of FX's hit series The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and battle for a contract in the UFC.
"I said I'd stay in this until I'm 30 years old. I'd give it a decade of my life. I figured if I couldn't do something by then, it's not worth it anymore."
It's not the first time he's auditioned. DeVall tried out three years ago and was cut before the interview process, the final step before making the show.
"I just didn't have the experience they said. You have to have a name and you have to have a niche. I've fought on TV now.I've fought on AXS a couple times."
DeVall, who is 27, was 13-5 in the cage as an amateur and held five titles before making his pro debut in 2010. He'll carry a 5-5 professional record in the TUF tryouts. He has all the markings of a warrior.
"That just tells you what you're getting into when you see me, you know."
He believes this could be his last chance to make a name for himself and leave his mark on the sport and Sioux City.
"I want to be a legend. I don't just want to be forgotten in the wind. I want to actually be a person that left a mark. I want to be like Rocky. I want to have a statue one day. I want to be that guy."
DeVall is sponsored by Marty's Tap in Sioux City. They held a raffle to cover the costs of getting to Las Vegas. The Ultimate Fighter 18 is expected to debut in the fall.
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