Lyle Beerbohm chopping wood to feed five children, no one calling

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Once a rising star, with a back story seemingly ripped out of a Hollywood script, Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm now struggles to remain relevant, following the UFC purchase of Strikeforce.

A meth addict who served prison time, he discovered mixed martial arts by watching The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV from a prison couch, and suddenly found his calling.

Upon his release from prison, he started training and made a successful entrance into the sport, racking up an impressive 9-0 start to his MMA career.

Now he hasn’t fought in nearly a year, after he tapped out to the sly submission artist Shinya Aoki. It was his second consecutive loss, after dropping a close, but unanimous decision to Pat Healy.

Beerbohm hasn’t heard a word from anyone at Strikeforce or the UFC since the Aoki fight. He’s reached out several times — and said he recently sent a text message to the Strikeforce matchmaker Sean Shelby, but didn’t receive a response.

“I have to get into the cage,” Beerbohm said. “I have to make money. I have (five) kids to feed.”

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