(I wonder if Fancy Pants went by the same handle in prison.)
Just a heads up that Strikeforce will be streaming the hotly contested bout between undefeated Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm and Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro from last weekend’s Heavy Artillery event today at 6pm ET/3pm PST.
If you haven’t heard, the fight was a back-and-forth barnburner that many in attendance feel Shaolin won, yet Beerbohm pulled out the decision.
Watch it here today and decide for yourself.
We’ll post the feed here if it’s available.
From the release:
The fight, which was featured on the non-televised undercard of last Saturday’s STRIKEFORCE St. Louis: Heavy Artillery event, was an incredible game of human chess with both fighters displaying impressive grappling skills.
The 31-year-old Beerbohm has become an inspiration since he literally took up MMA on his way home from prison following a year of incarceration at a Washington State Penitentiary as a result of felony convictions, all related to his crystal meth addiction. Just eight days after his release from the penitentiary, the Spokane, Wash. native had his first amateur fight and has since amassed a perfect 14-0 record and become a top contender as a professional.
Ribeiro, a 30-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, is among the top lightweights in MMA. He’s won the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship four times, once as a purple belt in 1996 and three times as a black belt in three consecutive years (1999-2001). Among his 20 victories include 14 stoppages (12 by submission) while topping notables such as Joachim Hansen, Eiji Mitsuoka, and Mitsuhiro “The Endless Fighter” Ishida.