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.
A self-proclaimed “top guy”, Beerbohm stated that Volkmann’s issues with opponents who have a good guard was definitely a vulnerable area he could take advantage of. However, that probably wouldn’t be the case.
“I’m not going to lay on my back. You know? I don’t lay on my back; I take your back and I do top stuff. I just got my black belt in jiu-jitsu this week, so I’m super stoked about that.”
Given to him by Bart Smith, a black belt under the Machados, Beerbohm was honored by the promotion. Smith, who is a 20-plus year veteran of the jiu-jitsu game, has tremendously helped “Fancy Pants” improve his game, specifically in the Gi.
Though his training is diversified, Beerbohm knows where his strengths lie on the mat.
“I’ve been training in the Gi, and I just grapple a ton. I’m always on the mat grappling. Since I started-six, seven years-I’ve put more hours on that mat grappling than anything,” Beerbohm said.
“But I do a lot of No Gi when it comes down to it. I’m a No Gi grappler, and that’s what I like to do.”
Though Beerbohm identifies himself as a grappler, he would not go so far as to say he’s the best in MMA. In fact, when asked who he thought was the best grappler in the sport, Beerbohm’s humbleness showed when he gave the title to his former opponent Shinya Aoki. Aoki submitted Beerbohm in April of 2011, handing him his second consecutive loss. Since then, Beerbohm has gone on a six-fight win streak.
To listen to the full-length interview with Lyle Beerbohm, use the player below.