Shinya Aoki Faces Lyle Beerbohm in Strikeforce on April 9 in San Diego

March 7, 2011
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Shinya Aoki will make his return to Strikeforce on April 9 when he faces Lyle Beerbohm in a lightweight match-up on the San Diego card.

Strikeforce officials confirmed the match-up to on Monday. The news of the bout was initially reported by

Aoki last fought in Strikeforce in April when he lost a lopsided decision to lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez. Since that time, Aoki has gone 3-0 in MMA competition, including a win over Tatsuya Kawajiri.

The Dream lightweight champion did compete during the promotion’s year-end New Year’s Eve show, Dynamite!!, and was knocked out by Yuichiro Nagashima in a mixed rules match.

Beerbohm enters the fight after suffering the first loss of his professional MMA career, dropping a unanimous decision to Pat Healy during a Strikeforce Challengers card.

The Washington native is 15-1 overall. Facing Aoki could be a fast track back to the top of the division if he can pull out a victory.

More bouts for the April 9 card are expected to be announced by Strikeforce in the coming weeks.

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  • Kuch

    This isn’t a good matchup for Beerbohm.

  • omcclave

    Fancy Pants for the win. Aoki sucks balls. He has not and will never be a top ten lw no matter how much mma writers want to favor japanese promotion fighters. Listen up mma weekly and anyone else who sucks fedors balls favoring japanese promoted fighters will not bring back pride nor does it make you sound more like a “hard core” mma expert. You just look like an idiot. The ufc is the biggest mma organization of all time for a reason. They have almost all the real talent out there except for a few f people obviously. But I love that sf is putting on this fight because lyle is no joke hes just an unknown right now. And after he smashes aoki mma weekly will have to put all dream and sf fighters below ufc guys in rankings