Lyle Beerbohm

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Lyle Beerbohm
Born (1979-02-05) February 5, 1979 (age 37)
Spokane, Washington, United States
Other names Fancy Pants
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 179.5 lb (81.4 kg; 12.82 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 70.0
Fighting out of Spokane, Washington, United States
Team Fancy Pants Fight Team
Rank      Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 28
Wins 25
By knockout 9
By submission 13
By decision 3
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Amateur career
Total 10
Wins 10
By knockout 4
By submission 2
Losses 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: December 14, 2010

Lyle Beerbohm (born February 5, 1979) is an American professional mixed martial artist who has fought for Strikeforce, the World Series of Fighting, EliteXC, and King of the Cage.


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."[1][2][3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

On the day of his release, Beerbohm had his father stop at a Brazilian jiu-jitsu training center in Spokane, Washington.[1] 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.[1]

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.[4] 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. On February 18, 2011, Beerbohm lost the first fight of his career via unanimous decision to MMA veteran Pat Healy at Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy.

Beerbohm quickly returned to action and faced Shinya Aoki on April 9, 2011, at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley.[5] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Lyle defeated former PRIDE and UFC fighter Marcus Aurélio in his ShoFight debut after signing a one fight contract with the promotion.

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 was set to take on UFC vet Jacob Volkmann at WSOF 3 on June 14th. He lost via unanimous decision.

Television and film[edit]

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.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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.[7] [8]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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[9]
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: Elite Challenger Series 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: Elite Challenger Series 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[10] TKO (punches) Combat Caged Warriors April 6, 2007 3 0:51 Spokane, Washington, United States


Entrance music[edit]

Event Entrance Music
Arena Rumble: Guida vs. Horn Bleed – Soulfly
Strikeforce: At The Dome Ruff Ryder's Anthem – DMX


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