Lyle Beerbohm: From Prison Inmate to Undefeated MMA Fighter
Lyle Beerbohm will attempt to run his professional mixed martial arts record to 10-0 on Friday night when he steps into the cage against Duane Ludwig at the Strikeforce Challenger Series event in Kent, Wash. But whether Beerbohm wins or loses, he's come a long way from where he was three years ago, in a very different kind of cage.
Beerbohm spent a year and a half at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash., as a result of multiple felony convictions, all related to his crystal meth addiction. But Beerbohm discovered MMA while locked up, and he knew he had found his new calling.
TEAM USA WEST VS RUSSIA IMPERIAL ON 4TH OF JULY
While friends and family will be back at home in the U.S. celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday at BBQs and fireworks displays, Team USA West will find itself amerced in a best-of-five series with Team Russia Imperial in Seoul, South Korea.
And when the 2009 "M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction" (www.M-1Global.com) resumes with its "Sixth Edition" inside the Seoul Arena, Group B leading USA West (2-0 in team challenges and 8-2 overall individually) will find itself going head-to-head with an Imperial team that will not feature a single member from its 2008 M-1 Challenge Championship team.
BIG EXPECTATIONS FOR LUKE ROCKHOLD AT SHO MMA
It’s no surprise that Luke Rockhold is going to be featured on this Friday’s Sho MMA: Strikeforce Challenger Series event in Kent, Wash. Long has he been heralded by the promotion’s management as one of their future stars, and for good reason.
Since making his debut in 2007, Rockhold has increasingly moved up against tougher competition, and all but once he has come out on top.
The Return of Spectacle to the MMA Landscape: Kimbo Slice on TUF, Kyle Maynard and More
It started as a spectacle, a gladiator contest in an octagon that promoters considered surrounding with a shark-filled moat rather than a steel-mesh fence. The first Ultimate Fighting Championship began with Gerard Gordeau kicking Teila Tuli's teeth across the arena and ended with the very same Dutchman trying to bite Royce Gracie's ear, Tyson style. In those early days, the event thrived on being a freakshow. With no television coverage and no online audience to cater to, the UFC counted on newspaper articles to spread the word. The early UFC had no intention of being a sport. They were a spectacle- and they loved it.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer says instant replay possible by end of year
While much of the post-UFC 99 fallout has focused squarely on Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's apparent snub of the UFC, the Croatian striker's path to victory over Mostapha Al Turk has been relatively ignored.
While difficult to pick up live, replays of the action from Saturday's main-card bout in Cologne, Germany clearly show a single poke to both of Al Turk's eyes led directly to the ensuing TKO win for Filipovic.
While Al Turk was left without recourse based on current MMA regulations, Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that change could be quickly coming in the form of instant replay.
"We're trying to find out if there's a way to do limited instant replay," Kizer told MMAjunkie.com's George Garcia and John Morgan on Tuesday's edition of "GoodSports," co-hosted by Garcia. "We're hoping to find a way to do that."
When the UFC ventures abroad to countries lacking an athletic commission, the organization and its Vice President of Regulatory Affairs (and former NSAC Executive Director), Marc Ratner, turn to the NSAC's regulations for guidance.
Refocused Jorge Gurgel guarantees win over Conor Heun in Strikeforce debut
After watching Brazilian-born Jorge Gurgel (12-5) competing for the past three years inside the UFC's famed octagon, watching the "TUF 2" veteran step onto another fight surface will certainly be an odd sight.
But that's exactly what the Ohio resident will do on Friday night as Gurgel meets a streaking Conor Heun (8-2) on the main card of "Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg" at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash.
While still disappointed to have been released by the UFC, Gurgel recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he believes his move to Strikeforce has brought fresh life into his seven-year-old career.
Cain Velasquez talks UFC 99 and his future in the heavyweight division
The amount of build-up bestowed upon Cain Velasquez leading up to UFC 99 bordered on “enough already.” But when it was learned that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic refused to replace Heath Herring against Velasquez, it spoke volumes about a reputation that has preceded Cain ever since he signed with the UFC.
As overhyped as some thought Velasquez was, the pounding he put on Cheick Kongo was a tipping point for him becoming a credible name among UFC fans. Credit fellow Mexican-American fighter Miguel Torres for declaring it would be Cain’s coming-out party.
Cro Cop interview (full translation)
Cro Cop conducted an interview index.hr with regarding the whole situation he has been put into. This is a great interview that should clear some things up between Cro Cop and his fans.
I have nothing to hide or to be ashamed of. The thing is very simple. I know the truth and Dana knows the truth – I had a one fight deal with UFC and I fulfilled my contractual obligation. I said we're gonna sit down and talk after UFC 99.
Army Green Beret restarts MMA career with Strikeforce
As a special forces soldier in the U.S. Army, Staff Sgt. Tim Kennedy has survived IED blasts, 30-hour gunfights and missions behind enemy lines so classified that he'll never be able to discuss them. He also survived time away from his wife, two daughters and his professional sports aspirations.
And like every good soldier, Kennedy did it without hesitation.
"It's surreal to be with those guys the first time out," he said of his time spent with elite combat squads. "Gunfire goes off, and everyone runs towards it. I guess that's a character trait that sounds flawed, but it's reassuring to find there are others like you."
Refs Set For UFC 100 Title Fights
NSAC head Keith Kizer today announced who will referee the 2 title fights at UFC 100. Steve Mazzagatti gets Georges St. Pierre vs. Thiago Alves while Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir will be refereed by Herb Dean.
Starnes to Headline UCW 16 this Friday
Kalib Starnes will be coming to Winnipeg to headline Ultimate Cage Wars 16: Canada vs Hawaii, according to Gabriel Santos. Santos, the matchmaker for the Winnipeg-based UCW promotion, announced the bout on his Facebook profile.
Starnes is infamously known for his “Running Man” fight at UFC 83 against Nate Quarry. In the bout, Starnes failed to engage Quarry and Quarry ended up mocking the Canadian fighter near the end of the bout. Starnes was unceremoniously released by the UFC following the bout.
Now Kalib Starnes is looking to continue to rebuild his reputation as a fighter. MMAWeekly reports that sources close to the bout state that his opponent will be Bret “The Angry Hick” Bergmark. Bergmark has a 5-1 MMA record and is trained by Cesar Gracie and has had several fights in the Zuffa-owned WEC.
Link is from April, but figured I'd post it as new news since I'm sure 99.9% of MMA fans don't know he's fighting this Friday.
Reborn Beerbohm has "full confidence" he will "break" Duane Ludwig
Two years ago, Lyle Beerbohm was sitting in a prison cell, serving an 18 month sentence. A crystal meth addict, he had stolen from his loved ones and committed multiple felonies during a dreadful, downward spiral.
On June 19, the reborn 30-year-old native of Spokane, Washington will attempt to continue his miraculous and inspiring transformation into an undefeated athlete in the world’s fastest growing sport – mixed martial arts (MMA).
“This is the biggest fight of my life,” said Beerbohm (9-0), who will face his most difficult test to date in the cage when he squares off with seasoned knockout artist, Duane “Bang” Ludwig (18-8) in a lightweight (155 pound) matchup during the Strikeforce Challengers MMA event at Kent, Washington’s brand new ShoWare Center on Friday, June 19. “Once I beat him, I’ll be a superstar – where I need to be. I have full confidence that I will win this fight.”
Beerbohm enjoyed a stint in high school wrestling and claims to have been unbeaten over the course of numerous street fights as well as three scuffles in Walla Walla state prison, but it was only after he tuned into The Ultimate Fighter, Spike TV’s smash-hit MMA reality series, that he decided he would make combat his livelihood and his path to redemption.
“When I was sitting in prison and watching The Ultimate Fighter show,” he said, “I was like ‘Are you serious? Those guys are on TV, making money?’ I knew I could take those guys so, right then and there, I made up my mind and haven’t looked back since.”
So determined was Beerbohm to get the ball rolling immediately after his release that he ordered his father to stop driving after they passed by a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy on the ride home from prison. Beerbohm quickly introduced himself to the school owner and explained his intentions.
Just eight days after his first lesson, Beerbohm stepped in the cage where he won his first amateur bout. After amassing a 12-0 record under amateur status in only nine months, he decided the time was right to turn professional. He has since finished all but one of his nine victims
Floyd Mayweather – “Machida? Machida ain’t nobody.”
Doing the publicity rounds for his upcoming fight against Mexican counter puncher Juan Manuel Marquez, “Pretty Boy” Floyd “Money” Mayweather, 32, recently sat down with Mike DeLahunt to answer some questions readers of our site have been submitting over the past week. Mayweather, never at a loss for words had some rather interesting things to say in regards to what many, but of course not he, feels is his direct combat sports competition, the UFC.
“Man, who in the UFC as good as Floyd Mayweather? Look back to 2-3 years ago, when this all started. One of the stars in the sport, Chuck Liddell, has gone 3-4. The man has been Knocked out so many time his boss made him retire. How many times you seen Floyd Mayweather knocked out? How many times you seen Floyd Mayweather even knocked down? None.”
When pressed about recent UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida
being compared to names such as Pernell Whitaker and even Floyd himself, in being MMA’s
most elusive fighter, Floyd had this to say:
“Who? Who’s Lyoto Machida? Lyoto Machida? Oh you mean that guy who sold 200,000 PPVs now he’s a superstar? It doesn’t take much over there does it? I’ve sold 3.5 million PPVs between my last 2 fights alone. How much money did Machida make his last fight? $100,000 maybe? Tell Dana White, for $100,000, I will come show him what a 28 million dollar check looks like.
How is Machida as good as Floyd Mayweather? Because he’s beaten a few unskilled bar room fighters? At the end of the day, you already know, when you watch Floyd Mayweather you see the past, present and future of the sport. Machida don’t deserve to be mentioned in he same breath as me. Kousta Tszyu would whip up on his stank ass anyway.”
Our interviewer then divulged into one of the most repeated questions the fans wanted to
heard be asked, and that question being what are his opinions on Fedor “The Last Russian
“Again, who? Oh, you mean that Russian guy Oscar let fight for him? The guy who fought Freddie Roach’s boy? Yeah, I know him. He’s a nice guy, but man was Roach’s boy whippin’ up on him until he got that hail Mary overhand. He needs to get at a real boxing coach like Roger Mayweather to teach him how to throw a punch. The man had his head down and his eyes closed when he threw that punch, anyone who says that wasn’t luck doesn’t know much about the sweet science…”
When asked about Sean Sherk, Floyd was pretty frank about his thoughts on MMA:
“Man, I am here to talk about Floyd Mayweather, the face of boxing. The cash king. The pound for pound greatest fighter who ever lived. I got Marquez, the man who SHOULD be the pound for pound king. I mean really, he beat Pacman both times. You know it, I know it, the fans know it. They keep asking me why I ain’t come back to fight Pacman? Because in my eyes Manny wasn’t number one pound for pound when I was gone. The guy who beat him twice was. In my eyes, I am coming back to fight the number one pound for pound guy. Once I whip his ass and reclaim my throne, I’m going to show you all that little midget from the Phillipines will be nothing but an after thought when Money May gets a hold of that ass.”
Kevin Burns on Quitting His Day Job and Setting Sights on UFC Title
A year ago, Kevin Burns was just a guy with a job at Wells Fargo and a dream of making it big in the UFC. Now he's a full-time UFC fighter, but he says he still has a lot more to do before he's accomplished all his goals.
In an interview with FanHouse, Burns talked about how he got into the UFC, his shocking upset of Roan Carneiro in his UFC debut, his back-to-back fights with Anthony Johnson and his upcoming fight against Chris Lytle Saturday night on Spike. The full interview is below.
Cristiane Santos on Gina Carano: 'Beauty Doesn't Win a Fight'
Cristiane Santos, aka Cris Cyborg, will take on Gina Carano on August 15 in what Strikeforce is promoting as the biggest fight in the history of women's mixed martial arts. One of the big reasons that Cyborg vs. Carano is such a big fight, of course, is that Carano has become a star and a sex symbol beyond just the world of MMA. But Cyborg has a message for Carano on that count.
Bloody Elbow Exclusive: An Interview With "The KCbandit" Jason High
The "KCbandit" Jason High, is one of the brightest and most exciting up-and-comers in MMA. He burst onto the national and international scene winning his first six fights, with only one fight going the distance. His first and only career loss was against Jay Heiron in Affliction: Day of Reckoning. He then rebounded at DREAM.8 by submitting Yuyi Shirai in less than a minute to move on to the semi-finals of the DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix.
On July 20, DREAM.10 will host the final round of the welterweight grand prix, which will crown the promotion's first welterweight champion. Jason High, the only American in the tournament, is matched-up against the highly decorated jiu-jitsu world champion, Andre Galvao. On the opposite side of the semi-final bracket is a match between, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai and Marius Zaromskis. Staying true to tradition, the winner of both bouts will face off later on in the same night for the DREAM Welterweight Title.