Say what you want about his fighting prowess, but his Tamdan McCrory impression is spot-on.
By Cage Potato Contributor Seth “Insert Pop Culture Reference” Falvo
Normally, we media types tend to be skeptical of these Strikeforce Challengers cards. However, tonight’s card in Cedar Park, Texas couldn’t possibly come at a better time. Aside from keeping itself in the minds of MMA fans, Strikeforce can begin to sell the fans on its non-Emelianenko fighters. This card provides two very interesting options.
The event is headlined by a lightweight scrap between Lyle Beerbohm and Pat Healy. Undefeated in his first sixteen fights, former meth addict turned professional fighter Lyle Beerbohm has a story that practically sells itself. The fact that he’s only gone the distance twice doesn’t hurt, either. His opponent, former Maximum Fighting Championship welterweight champion Pat Healy, most recently fought against Josh Thomson as an injury replacement for Lyle Beerbohm. Don’t sleep on Healy because of his 25-17 record; he has victories over Dan Hardy, Paul Daley, and Carlos Condit.
The co-main event is another lightweight fight between Ryan “Natural Light” Couture and Lee Higgins. Aside having the best cheap beer inspired nickname this side of Matty Ice, Ryan Couture is coming off a first round submission victory in his professional debut at Strikeforce Challengers 10. And yeah, you may have heard of his father. As for Lee Higgins, he fights out of the awesomely named Urban Jungle Self-Defense in Houston. He is currently 2-0 with both victories coming by way of first-round rear-naked choke, one of which over Bellator veteran Gilbert Jimenez. The guy also has a tramp stamp, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
If you happen to be lucky enough to get Showtime and also unlucky enough to not have plans on a Friday night, then tune in at 11PM. The full fight card is available here.