February 5, 1979 |
Spokane, Washington, United States
|Other names||Fancy Pants|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||179.5 lb (81.4 kg; 12.82 st)|
|Fighting out of||Spokane, Washington, United States|
|Team||Fancy Pants Fight Team
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Beerbohm, who was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, was an accomplished wrestler. He attended John R. Rogers High School where he became the first ever freshman to qualify for the state tournament before later transferring to Mead High School, placing sixth at 141 pounds in his junior season. Beerbohm was academically ineligible for part of his senior season, being .1 GPA points away from the 2.0 mark, but went undefeated. It was also during his senior year when Beerbohm began using methamphetamine, which also led to a gambling addiction, and he dropped out before subsequently spending a year at Washington State Penitentiary in addition to several other stints in jail for drug-related crimes. Beerbohm, who was also involved in many street fights, cites a viewing of The Ultimate Fighter while incarcerated for piquing his interest in mixed martial arts. He has said in multiple interviews that his career in mixed martial arts started the day he left prison and credits the sport with saving his life, saying "MMA literally saved my life. When I got out prison, I wasn't cured. I traded one addiction for the other and MMA became my new meth."
Mixed martial arts career
On the day of his release, Beerbohm had his father stop at a Brazilian jiu-jitsu training center in Spokane, Washington. Beerbohm later had his first amateur MMA bout after a week of training. As an amateur, he went undefeated with a record of 10–0. Lyle only spent 23 months learning and training in MMA before going pro.
Beerbohm made his professional debut in April 2007 and amassed an undefeated record of 6–0 before signing with EliteXC in 2008. He then went undefeated 2–0 in the organization before it was dissolved.
Following the closing of EliteXC, Beerbohm fought for both King of the Cage and Strikeforce. In October 2009, he signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce. He scored the biggest win of his career in May 2010 over heralded BJJ practitioner Vitor Ribeiro by split decision on the Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery card. This win has been seen by some as controversial however and it is rumoured that Ribeiro is appealing against the decision. Critics argue Ribeiro had been the aggressor in the later rounds despite not finishing his submission attempts.
In September 2012 Beerbohm signed a contract with the Las Vegas based promotion World Series of Fighting, the owner of WSOF, K-1 kickboxing legend Ray Sefo, personally met with Lyle to secure the multi fight contract in his home state of Washington. Lyle is set to take on UFC vet Jacob Volkmann at WSOF 3 on June 14th. He lost via unanimous decision.
Television and film
Beerbohm stars in Fight Life, an award-winning documentary on the sport of MMA. The film documents his life inside and outside the cage from 2008-2012, the film is directed by James Z. Feng and released in 2013.
Beerbohm is engaged and has two children. Beerbohm received his nickname, "Fancy Pants" due to the unusual multi-colored and form-fitting shorts that he wears during his fights. They are personally made by his mother. 
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|28 matches||25 wins||3 losses|
|Win||25–3||Devin Dinh||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Conquest of the Cage 14||November 20, 2013||1||4:44||Airway Heights, Washington, United States|
|Win||24–3||Wesley Golden||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Northwest Fighting: Young Guns 9||September 21, 2013||1||3:28||Usk, Washington, United States|
|Win||23–3||Victor Estrada||TKO (knees to the body)||Conquest of the Cage 13||July 20, 2013||1||N/A||Airway Heights, Washington, United States|
|Loss||22–3||Jacob Volkmann||Decision (unanimous)||World Series of Fighting 3||June 14, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–2||Justin Larsson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Northwest Fighting: Young Guns 6||March 30, 2013||2||2:42||Usk, Washington, United States|
|Win||21–2||Chris Ensley||TKO (punches)||Northwest Fighting: Young Guns 5||January 12, 2013||2||0:17||Usk, Washington, United States|
|Win||20–2||Kenny Ento||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KOTC: Breaking Point||August 23, 2012||1||4:28||Worley, Idaho, United States||179 lb Catchweight bout|
|Win||19–2||Marcus Aurélio||Decision (unanimous)||ShoFight 20||June 16, 2012||3||5:00||Springfield, Missouri, United States|
|Win||18–2||Chris Ensley||Submission (armbar)||KOTC: Wild Card||May 17, 2012||1||1:26||Worley, Idaho, United States|
|Win||17–2||Cleburn Walker||Submission (guillotine choke)||WMMA1: McCorkle vs. Heden||March 31, 2012||1||2:34||El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16–2||Shinya Aoki||Submission (neck crank)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley||April 9, 2011||1||1:33||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||16–1||Pat Healy||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy||February 18, 2011||3||5:00||Cedar Park, Texas, United States|
|Win||16–0||Talon Hoffman||Submission (guillotine choke)||Rumble on the Ridge XV||December 4, 2010||1||2:48||Snoqualmie, Washington, United States||165 lb Catchweight bout|
|Win||15–0||Josh Calvo||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Rumble on the Ridge XIV||October 30, 2010||2||0:20||Snoqualmie, Washington, United States|
|Win||14–0||Vitor Ribeiro||Decision (split)||Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery||May 15, 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||13–0||Josh Martin||TKO (elbows)||Arena Rumble: Guida vs. Horn||September 12, 2009||1||1:29||Spokane, Washington, United States|
|Win||12–0||Duane Ludwig||Submission (bulldog choke)||Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg||June 19, 2009||1||4:27||Kent, Washington, United States|
|Win||11–0||Jorge Sarat||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Fusion||January 17, 2009||2||3:48||Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||10–0||Rafaello Oliveira||TKO (doctor stoppage)||ShoXC 9||October 10, 2008||1||5:00||Hammond, Indiana, United States|
|Win||9–0||Ed Nuno||Decision (unanimous)||SF 22: Re-Awakening||April 18, 2008||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||8–0||Dave Knight||Submission (guillotine choke)||XCC 6: Western Threat||April 5, 2008||1||3:44||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Vince Guzman||Submission (rear naked choke)||ShoXC||March 21, 2008||2||3:26||Santa Ynez, California, United States|
|Win||6–0||Ray Perales||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: At The Dome||February 23, 2008||3||1:19||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||5–0||Gerald Strebendt||Submission (injury)||Elite Warriors Championship||January 12, 2008||1||2:42||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Win||4–0||Jeremy Burnett||TKO (punches)||Conquest of the Cage||November 6, 2007||1||4:44||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Win||3–0||Felix Jose Carrillo||TKO (punches)||Ringside Ticket||August 30, 2007||3||1:16||Highland, California, United States|
|Win||2–0||Dean Henderson||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Xtreme Cage Combat 4||June 2, 2007||5||N/A||Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1–0||Kyle Hutchinson||TKO (punches)||Combat Caged Warriors||April 6, 2007||3||0:51||Spokane, Washington, United States|
|Arena Rumble: Guida vs. Horn||Bleed – Soulfly|
|Strikeforce: At The Dome||Ruff Ryder's Anthem – DMX|
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- "Lyle Beerbohm Interview: I Traded One Addiction For Another". Heavy.com. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
- "Lyle Beerbohm inks multi-fight deal with Strikeforce". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
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