Beerbohm vs. Healy Confirmed for Feb.18th Challengers

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

By FCF Staff

Pat “Bam Bam” Healy will be the next man who looks to hand Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm his first professional loss, as Strikeforce has announced that a bout between the two lightweights will headline its upcoming, February 18th Challengers card in Cedar Park, Texas (a suburb of Austin). The card, which will be broadcast on Showtime, will be hosted by the Cedar Park Center.

Beerbohm (pictured) has won 15 straight bouts since he turned professional in 2007. The 32 year-old-fighter last competed for Strikeforce in May, 2010, when he worked his way to a split decision win over Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro. Since then, the Washington State fighter has earned back-to-back victories over Josh Calvo and Talon Hoffman.

“I want to fight the best, I want to fight for the Strikeforce title,’’ Beerbohm was quoted saying in the official announcement. “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 ranks.

“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.’’

Healy (25-17) is coming off a submission loss to former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson last June, after earning three consecutive wins over Sal Woods, Sidney Silva and Brian Travers. The 27 year-old-Healy is the former Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight champ.

“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,’’ the Team Quest fighter said about his last Strikeforce performance. “This fight is obviously very important to me. I’ll enter the cage with a lot of confidence.’’

Strikeforce’s next event will take place January 29th in San Jose, California, and will feature welterweight champion Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in the main event.