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Lyle Beerbohm set for colorful clash with Shinya Aoki on April 9

An April 9 Strikeforce card already featuring title defenses from champions Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz got another injection of talent today in form of a bout between Lyle Beerbohm and Shinya Aoki. Known for unique choices of ring attire and high quality grappling, both lightweights will also be looking to bounce back from defeat though technically Aoki is riding a three-fight winning streak where Mixed Martial Arts is concerned.

News of the potential pairing was first reported by MMA-Japan citing Aoki himself, then later confirmed by HeavyMMA with a nod from Strikeforce officials. Five Ounces of Pain has also been able to confirm the fight is in place with Beerbohm.

“Fancy Pants” endured the first loss of his career last month at Strikeforce Challengers 14 in the form of a unanimous decision to Pat Healy. Prior to the outpointing Beerbohm had won fifteen fights in a row with thirteen finishes in the bunch. He holds past wins over Duane Ludwig and Vitor Ribeiro.

Aoki has been sidelined since suffering a knockout to kickboxer Yuichiro Nagashima in the MMA portion of a mixed-rules bout on New Year’s Eve in Japan. However, he is officially 3-0 in his last trio of outings based on the format including an opening round submission of Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM 15 in July. The April match-up will be his second under the Strikeforce banner and his first of 2011. The talented tap-out artist has also beaten the likes of J.Z. Cavalcante, Caol Uno, and Eddie Alvarez.

Also set for action in San Diego at the event, Diaz will defend his belt against powerful British striker Paul Daley while Melendez puts his up for grabs against the aforementioned Kawajiri. Gegard Mousasi will also face Mike Kyle on the live Showtime broadcast.


  • Angry Mike says:

    Hopefully Lyle has the common sense not to drop into Aoki’s guard. Bad, bad idea.

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  • G-DUB says:

    A fight taylor-made for Fancy Pants. Beerbohm is a master of getting out of impossible holds and submission attempts. I don’t see Aoki catching him and I do see Beerbohm controlling the action and getting a win by decision.

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  • Guthookd says:

    Aoki wins this one, no question IMO. And if Beerbohm plays around in one of Aioki’s submissions he’ll get his shit broken because Shinya doesn’t care when it comes to causing major damage to his opponent.

    I really hope they both do go all out with the crazy spandex and shit though. Silly fighters.

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  • The loser has to resort to wearing normal pants.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Or maybe no pants at all.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Let’s go with normal pants please. The only fight where I’d like no pants is Gina v Coenen v Brittney Palmer v Ariani.

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  • MCM says:

    What’s the matter Duf, no love for Tate?

    Love this fight. I think Lyle will be able to get the TKO in this one. Aoki is always dangerous off his back, but I think Fancy Pants keeps this standing and shuts Aoki’s lights off in the second.

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  • Dufresne says:

    … v Miesha Tate v Rachelle Leah v Logan Stanton v Ali Sonoma v Natasha Wicks.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Great card.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    I can’t stand shinya…

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  • Sykotick says:

    Me either Rece,
    He annoys me but not so much because he sucks but because people kiss this guys ass like he is the absolute bomb and when you bring it up, people get all “we-heh-heh-hell Mr mma fan he beat Eddie Alvarez” whose biggest win is like Roger Huerta… Just sayin. And after you say that people mention all the no names and people that he beat like 4 to 5 years ago.
    Plus the dude has a piss poor attitude.
    Just my opinion tho

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    How about the last 3 years? 12-3.
    Alvarez, Hansen, JZ, Kawajiri, Hirota, Aurelio, Ribeiro and Uno.
    He doesn’t suck. He may be a dick but he is a very good fighter.

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  • Dufresne says:

    My only problem with Shinya is that he’s like a meaner, more controlling version of Demian Maia. He’s an absolute phenom on the ground with a smothering top game and a stifling bottom game. But if you can keep him off the ground he’s like a fish out of water. 60% of his losses have come by TKO/KO with the rest coming by decision. That looks really nasty at first until you factor in the fact that 60% of his losses = 3 losses total. The other 40% came by decision, but in my arguments favor, those 2 losses did come because he couldn’t get the fight to the ground.

    If Beerbohm can keep this off the ground he has a very solid chance of winning this fight. If Beerbohm can’t keep this off the ground it could get interesting. With a very solid chance of Beerbohm ending up on the medical suspension list for 3 months+.

    Personally I want Beerbohm to win this fight, but I can never count out a savant like Aoki who can end the fight at any time. I’m hoping Beerbohm wins this with a 2nd round TKO, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all by an Aoki submission in the 1st.

    And for the people that claim Aoki never gives his opponents a chance to tap, I’ve never seen that. Every fight I’ve seen he’s torqued a submission to the point of no return and held it there for at least 2 seconds, but when his opponent refuses to tap he has absolutely no qualms with torquing that submission to 11, be damned the consequences. Some might call that dirty, I call that aggressive fight finishing. How many GSP fights would have ended early if he had that wide of a mean streak in him?

    And before anyone gets upset with a submission possibly ending a career, what do you think a concussion does? But no one gets mad at Carwin, Cain, Liddell, Lawler, or Mousasi for a clean (T)KO even though every one of their finishes had the capability of being a career ender.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    If Aoki loses what should his rank be ?

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    From the last fight with Beerbohlm, the announcers were talking about how he basically trains himself, if he is able to beat Aoki with no camp affiliation that would speak wonders for the guy. I dont think Lyle takes this one but you never know, all I can say is it looks to be one damm exciting fight and both guys are going to be in a dog fight. Cant wait for this card. Also read they are trying to set up K J vs Masvidal on this card.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    It’s difficult for me to assess Aoki because he fights in org.’s that don’t allow elbows when he’s fighting from his back. If he had to contend with elbows, I doubt he’d have as many wins. And if Strikeforce allowed elbows in the guard, Beerbohm would absolutely eat Aoki’s lunch. Beerbohm’s gnp is relentless, and Aoki is smaller. If Beerbohm could drop elbows, Aoki wouldn’t get out of the first round.

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  • PsYc0tIkDrEaM says:

    Loser Bleaches their most colorful pants.

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