Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (15-1) is looking to quickly rebound after suffering the only loss of his career when he faces DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki (26-5) on Strikeforce’s card on Saturday, April 9 from Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.
The non-title lightweight bout between Beerbohm and Aoki rounds out a telecast highlighted by a Strikeforce World Championship Doubleheader featuring Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz (24-7, 1 NC) defending his title against Paul “Semtex” Daley (26-9-2), while Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez (18-2) will make the second defense of his Strikeforce World Lightweight Title against top-ranked Japanese superstar Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri (27-6-2).
Aoki, a winner of three straight fights and six of seven, is a flamboyant submission artist who’ll be making his first start in America since dropping a decision to Melendez last April. Aoki, who holds a black belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and judo, has forced opponents to tap out in 16 of his 25 wins.
Beerbohm suffered his first MMA defeat – amateur or pro – on a close, unanimous decision to veteran Pat “Bam Bam” Healy in the main event of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event on Feb. 18. This will be the fifth bout for the 32-year-old Beerbohm, who has won 13 of his fights by stoppage, and his first on a televised Saturday card.
“Losing that last fight was disappointing, but this is a golden opportunity for me to get right back in the thick of things,” said Beerbohm, who holds notable triumphs over four-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, Duane “Bang” Ludwig and Rafaello Oliviera.
Beerbohm literally began his pro career after serving 366 days at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla as a result of felony convictions, all related to a crystal meth addiction. The day he was freed from prison, he visited a Jiu-Jitsu gym. He had his first amateur fight eight days later. “I traded one addiction for the other,” he says. “I traded meth for MMA.”
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley takes place on April 9, 2011 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The main card will be televised live on Showtime. Tickets, starting at $25, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT this Saturday, March 12, at Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena), all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online and Strikeforce’S official website.