There’s no denying that Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm’s greatest asset is his confidence. But when you’ve overcome what he has, why wouldn’t it be?
It was just four short years ago Beerbohm was caught in a tangled web of drugs and prison, teetering on the verge of becoming just another statistic.
Having righted his ship by getting into MMA thanks to the inspiration of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, the present day Beerbohm finds himself an undefeated top prospect in Strikeforce, slated to headline Friday’s Challengers 14 event from Cedar Creek, Texas, against veteran Pat “Bam Bam” Healy.
“My game has a lot to do with my mentality,” Beerbohm told MMAWeekly.com. “I had a ton of amateur fights, 10 amateur fights in less than a year and decided to go pro. I shouldn’t have went pro, I didn’t have a lot of moves, I didn’t know a lot of things, but my mentality and mindset is so strong.
“I think that helped me win a lot of fights. Now that my technique’s better and that I’m more well-rounded, I think I’m one of the best lightweights in the world. I truly believe that, and I can’t wait to showcase that to the world.”
Known for his relentless takedown style and submission game, Beerbohm feels he can prove he’s more than a one-trick pony in 2011.
“I don’t have one style; I can do it all,” stated Beerbohm. “I feel like I’m a really smart fighter when it comes down to it. I feel like wherever I can win a fight – that’s where I’ll put it. I take enough damage in training, so I don’t want to take any in a fight.
“With my style, I feel my ground is superior, but my stand-up is pretty tricky. I just want to win fights. Whatever I can do to win fights that’s all I care about.”
Friday night, Beerbohm faces possibly the toughest challenge of his career in Pat Healy, a fighter who is looking to rebound off his first loss in four fights.
“Pat’s a real tough guy, definitely,” commented Beerbohm. “He’s had a ton of fights, he’s fought a who’s who of MMA, and he’s definitely going to be a good opponent for me.
“I feel if he comes at me – like he’s going to do – it’s going to be good for me (because) that plays right into my style. It should be an interesting fight and fun to watch.”
Should Beerbohm remain undefeated, he makes no qualms about what he wants next.
“There’s only one reason to be in this sport, and that’s to be the champ,” he stated. “Whoever has the belt is who I want to fight.
“There’s so many different ways to lose, and I know good he is, so I’m not overlooking Pat by any means. But, after I beat Pat, I feel like I should be able to get a title shot; if not, then I’ll fight whoever Strikeforce puts in front of me.”
Having overcome circumstances that could have easily overwhelmed many people, Beerbohm’s confidence creates a mindset that’s going to make it difficult for anyone to overcome him.
“I want to thank my mom for making my fancy pants, IronMaster.com and NoSubmission.com, which is the website for a new documentary on the crazy life I lived and where I used to be to where I’m at now,” he concluded.
“I got a new website coming up, LyleBeerbohm.com, and if you want a pair of signed Strikeforce gloves or whatnot, hit me up on that website and I’ll definitely try to help you out. If you’re in the area, come watch me fight; I think it will be great.”