A rumored lightweight matchup between Shinya Aoki
Beerbohm (Pictured) has been greenlit for Strikeforce
“Diaz vs. Daley,” which goes down April 9 at the Valley View
Casino Center in San Diego.
The bout, made official by the promotion on Wednesday, joins three
previously announced bouts on the Showtime-televised main card,
including the headlining Strikeforce welterweight title fight
between champion Nick Diaz and
Co-headlining the show will be Gilbert
Melendez, who defends his Strikeforce lightweight belt against
Japanese “Crusher” Tatsuya
Kawajiri. Also scheduled for the event is a showdown between
light heavyweight champion Gegard
Mousasi and King of
the Cage 205-pound titleholder Mike Kyle.
Nicknamed “Fancy Pants” for his colorful, homemade fight wear,
Beerbohm enters the Aoki bout fresh off the first defeat of his
career. Previously unbeaten in 15 professional contests, the
32-year-old was bested by Pat Healy in a
razor-thin unanimous decision at Strikeforce
Challengers 14 on Feb. 18.
A Washington native, Beerbohm began his pro career in 2007 after
serving jail time on drug-related charges. The lightweight has
excelled as a mixed martial artist, making his Strikeforce debut in
2008 and since earning a 3-1 record in the promotion. A veteran of
the defunct EliteXC
organization, Beerbohm has finished all but two of his career
victims by knockout or submission.
Like Beerbohm, Dream lightweight champ Aoki is famous for sporting
some of the most colorful ring attire in the sport. The 27-year-old
ground wizard holds black belts in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and
judo, and owns over half of his 26 career victories by
Aoki has won six of his last seven bouts, not counting his most
recent mixed-rules bout against kickboxing talent Yuichiro
Nagashima on New Year’s Eve. After avoiding Nagashima for the
first portion of the bout, which was contested under K-1 rules,
Aoki was shockingly knocked while attempting a takedown at the
start of the fight’s MMA round. The last true MMA loss on the
record of the “Tobikan Judan” came at the hands of the
aforementioned Melendez nearly one year ago, in Aoki’s first
appearance in the Strikeforce cage.