Barring unforeseen circumstances, two respected, well-rounded lightweights currently in desperate need of a win will clash on July 30 when Strikeforce visits Chicago, as the organization recently announced a bout between Lyle Beerbohm and J.Z. Cavalcante has been added to the highly anticipated card.
Both men have struggled as of late after brilliant starts to their careers. Specifically, Beerbohm went 15-0 before dropping his last two tussles, while his Brazilian adversary was considered to be one of the top 155ers in MMA before notching losses in three of his previous four outings.
“Fancy Pants” last fought in April where he was submitted by Shinya Aoki in a little over ninety seconds at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley”. Prior to the defeat Beerbohm had never been finished, only outpointed once, while ending the evenings of his opponents in thirteen of his fifteen total victories.
The upcoming appearance on “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” will mark the second on a Strikeforce card for Cavalcante in six weeks after facing Justin Wilcox at “Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum”. However, their match-up ended prematurely after an accidental eyepoke at the start of the second stanza rendered Wilcox unable to continue thus resulting in a “No Contest”. Cavalcante holds an overall record of 15-4-1 and has beaten the likes of Caol Uno, Michihiro Omigawa, and Vitor Ribeiro.
Beerbohm vs. Cavalcante adds to an already stacked lineup including headliners Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko, as well as title-fight with women’s bantamweight champ Marloes Coenen putting her belt on the line against tough grappler Miesha Tate and polished pugilist Tim Kennedy testing his chin against hard-hitting Rob Lawler.
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