In a vitally important fight that will bring the winner one step closer to challenging for a world title, undefeated rising star Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (pictured above in the mounted position) will face dangerous veteran Pat “Bam Bam’’ Healy in the main event of the Strikeforce Challengers show at Cedar Park Center in the Austin, Texas on Friday, February 18, live on Showtime.
Both Beerbohm and Healy are highly skilled 155-pounders who are trying to position themselves to contend for a possible shot at Strikeforce World Champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez. The experienced Healy has faced top quality opposition and is no stranger to a big fight. Beerbohm will be making his fourth start for Strikeforce and his main event debut. This fight will also mark his first appearance on Showtime. In his last outing for Strikeforce, Beerbohm won a split-decision over four-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro on May 15, 2010. It was only the second time one of Beerbohm’s fights went the distance.
Healy, who started MMA at the age of 15, has won three of his last four bouts, and six of eight. “I was disappointed I didn’t quite get it done the last time, but I appreciate getting another opportunity against an up-and-coming fighter,’’ Healy said. “This fight is obviously very important to me. I’ll enter the cage with a lot of confidence.’’
The Challengers show comes a week after Strikeforce holds their opening rounds to their heavyweight grand prix, which will see Fedor Emelianeko VS Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski against Sergei Kharitonov. No other matches have been made official for the February 18 show, although Ryan Couture is expected to compete against an opponent to be determined.