Strikeforce veteran and recent addition to the World Series of Fighting roster Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm joined BJPENN.COM Radio on Wednesday, June 4 for an in-depth interview ahead of his scheduled fight with former UFC lightweight Jacob Volkmann on June 14th.
Beerbohm, who has garnered a 22-2 professional record in mixed martial arts, suffered back-to-back losses to Pat Healy and Shinya Aoki in February and April of 2011, respectively. Since then, “Fancy Pants” has gone on a six-fight win streak and signed with Ray Sefo’s WSOF promotion.
Despite his recent success, the memories of Beerbohm’s only two professional defeats still resonate.
“That Aoki fight, that really bugs me,” Beerbohm said. “I was little too impatient with Aoki. I said, ‘Fuck this, this guy take me down? I’m getting back up.’ I gave up my back too fast and he caught my hand and got me with a neck crank.
“He’s super tricky, he’s a different breed of grappler. He’s just a little different: he’s rubbery, he’s tall, he’s lanky. I definitely would like that fight back, but I definitely learned off it also.”
Though a quick lapse in judgment seemed to be enough for Aoki to take advantage of Beerbohm in their fight, his bout with Healy, which went to a three-round decision, was much more competitive.
“Me and Healy were super close, we went back and forth,” Beerbohm said. “I was feeling super sick; my blood sugar level was down in the low 50’s when I fought him, and I still ended up going three rounds, hard rounds, and giving him a hell of a fight. So I definitely would like both of those fights back.”
Despite recognition from some of the most well known MMA promotions, past and present, Beerbohm’s professional career has only spanned six years. Suffering injuries for two of those six years, the road has not always been smooth for “Fancy Pants”, who believes that improving his game daily and staying active-along with his passion for fighting-are the keys to continued success.
“I want to be World Series champ. That’s my goal. I want to be their champ,” Beerbohm said, giving us a look into his mindset ahead of his inaugural fight with the promotion. “I have to stay active. I’ve got kids to feed and this is my only income, so I’ve got to fight and I like to fight.”
To listen to the full-length interview with Lyle Beerbohm, use the player below.Tags: mma, MMA NEWS, sof, ufc, ufc newsw