Unbeaten Lyle Beerbohm Will Face
Pat Healy In Strikeforce Challengers
Main Event Friday, Feb. 18, Live On Showtime®
At Cedar Park Center In Cedar Park, Tex.
Tickets for STRIKEFORCE’s Third Event in 21 Days
Go On Sale Friday, Jan. 21; Ticket Pre-Sale Begins This Wednesday
February 18, 2011
Cedar Park Center
NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2011) – 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 will face dangerous
veteran Pat “Bam Bam’’ Healy in the main event of a STRIKEFORCE Challengers Mixed Martial Arts
(MMA) fight card presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at Cedar Park Center in the Austin, Tex. suburb
of Cedar Park on Friday, Feb. 18, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Beerbohm, of Spokane, Wash., will enter what will be a dangerous-for-both-fighters lightweight (155 pounds)
scrap with a record of 15-0. Healy, of St. Louis, is 25-17.
An exclusive pre-sale ticket purchase opportunity will take place for “STRIKEFORCE Insider” e-newsletter
subscribers (www.strikeforce.com/signup.asp) beginning at 10 a.m. CT this Wednesday, Jan. 19, and
ending at 10 p.m. CT on Thursday, Jan. 20. STRIKEFORCE Insiders will receive a special e-newsletter
Tuesday tonight with the pre-sale code.
Tickets for STRIKEFORCE’s third fight card in 21 days and second in the Lone Star State go on sale to the
general public at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 21, and will be available at the Cedar Park Center ticket office,
all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and
STRIKEFORCE's official website (www.strikeforce.com).
The first non-televised, undercard fight will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. .
Lyle Beerbohm vs. Pat Healy
(Photo Credit: Esther Lin / Strikeforce)
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. He showed his
ability and tremendous determination in his last start, pushing former STRIKEFORCE World Lightweight
Champion Josh Thomson to the limit before getting submitted (rear-naked choke) at 4:27 of the third and
final scheduled round on June 26, 2010, on SHOWTIME.
All Beerbohm has done is win convincingly.
Beerbohm will be making his fourth start for STRIKEFORCE and his main event debut. This will be his initial
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.
A 5-foot-10, three-year pro, Beerbohm, who turns 32 on Feb. 5, has since fought twice, both in his home
state of Washington. He is coming off a 2:48, first-round submission (guillotine choke) over Talon Hoffman
on Dec. 4, 2010.
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 after being released.
Since entering MMA, Beerbohm has found a discipline and determination that was missing in his life. "If I
didn't go to prison, I probably would be dead today,” he said. “Because I wouldn't get cleaned up. I wouldn't
go to rehab. I wouldn't get off the drugs. I didn't want to get off the drugs. (Finally) I traded one addiction for
the other. I traded meth for MMA.”
A top wrestler in high school, Beerbohm is a brawler who can switch between southpaw and orthodox
stances. He went 12-0 in the amateurs, in spite of the obstacles he had to overcome. Although the vast
majority of his fights have ended early and he’s recorded more KO’s than submissions, he still considers
himself a grappler.
Beerbohm, whose nickname is derived from the custom-made, multi-colored trunks sewn by his mother,
owns wins over former world Muay Thai champion and STRIKEFORCE and UFC veteran Duane “Bang’’
Ludwig as well as UFC vet Rafaello Oliveira. Beerbohm submitted (bulldog choke) Ludwig in the first
round of a non-televised fight at a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event on June 19, 2009.
“I want to fight the best, I want to fight for the STRIKEFORCE title,’’ said Beerbohm, the head of
Washington's Fancy Pants Fight Team. “All I can do is continue to work hard and beat who they put in front
of me. This is going to be a very difficult fight for both of us, but I’m confident of winning and moving up the
“I am very anxious to fight on SHOWTIME and show the fans and STRIKEFORCE what I can do. My goal is
to fight for the world title. I want to be the champ. I want a five-round fight. That would be something else.’’
A member of Team Quest, Healy has been an active MMA fighter for nearly a decade. He’s ousted big-
name, quality opponents all over the world since turning pro in August 2001, including Paul “Semtex’’
Daley, Carlos Condit and Dan Hardy.
The accomplished veteran is 1-1 in STRIKEFORCE. Before the Thomson tussle, Healy scored an
impressive unanimous decision over Bryan Travers (13-1 going in) during a STRIKEFORCE Challengers
event on May 21, 2010. It was a rare points victory for the well-conditioned, durable wrestling specialist who
has won more than half his fights via submission.
Healy 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.’’
Healy got his start in MMA at the age of 15, shortly after he and a brother stood up to a neighborhood bully
and Muay Thai practitioner. Following the altercation, Pat wanted to learn more about technical fighting and
sought out MMA gyms for formal training.
To supplement his MMA training regimen, he wrestled in high school, gaining All State accolades and
eventually went on to wrestle at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Following college, Pat knew that
he had the potential to do something great and devoted himself fulltime to an MMA career.
Healy believes that cardio is his strength and that it allows him to pressure and break his opponents
STRIKEFORCE (www.STRIKEFORCE.com) is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which,
on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed
martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary
champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion,
played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has
been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a
leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts (MMA)
series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, West Coast Productions, the parent company of
STRIKEFORCE, partnered with Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000
to oversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilion at San Jose. In March
2009, STRIKEFORCE signed a multi-year agreement with SHOWTIME® to stage live events on the
premium cable television network. The promotion has since also produced two live, primetime events on the
CBS Television Network.
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