AUSTIN, Texas — “Strikeforce Challengers 14” takes place this evening at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas and is headlined by a lightweight bout between undefeated rising star, Lyle “Fancy Pants” Beerbohm (15-0), of Spokane, Wash., against Maximum Fighting Championship’s current welterweight champion, Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (25-17), of Portland, Ore.
Tonight’s main card will be shown LIVE on Showtime starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide live results and play-by-play commentary during the event.
Also competing on the televised portion of the card is Ryan Couture (1-0), son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture, who will be making his return to Strikeforce to take on fellow MMA newcomer, Lee Higgins (2-0), of Houston, Texas, in a lightweight bout.
Strikeforce Challengers 14 quick results:
- (155) Pat Healy def. Lyle Beerbohm by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd. 3 (5:00)
- (160) Carlo Prater def. Bryan Travers by submission (Anaconda Choke) Rd. 1 (:38)
- (155) Ryan Couture def. Lee Higgins by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd. 3 (4:41)
- (170) Ryan Larson def. Erik Apple by submission (triangle choke) Rd. 2 (3:14)
- (150) David Douglas def. Nick Gonzalez by technical submission (guillotine choke) Rd. 1 (1:05)
- (155) Thomas Diagne def. Aaron Franco by TKO (strikes) Rd. 1 (4:22)
- (145) Drew Pendleton def. Dennis Dombrow by submission (guillotine) Rd. 2 (2:38)
Strikeforce Challengers 14 play-by-play:
David Douglas vs. Nick Gonzalez
Round 1 – Douglas swings and misses, then throws a combo charging forward, lands a big hook. Leg kick from Gonzalez. Douglas drops Gonzalez with a big right – left and follows up with a barrage of punches. He takes Gonzalez’s back and chokes him out. Douglas blitzed him right from the beginning and just swarmed Gonzalez. Douglas is from the Cesar Gracie camp.
OFFICIAL RESULT: David Douglas def. Nick Gonzalez by technical submission (guillotine choke) Rd. 1 (1:05)
Erik Apple vs. Ryan Larson
Round 1 – Apple with a combo and a leg kick. Lands a left. Larson with an inside leg kick. Body kick from Apple. Apple presses Larson to the cage. Larson goes for a trip takedown but Apple defends. Head kick from Larson and gets a takedown, moves to side control and gets Apple in the crucifix position. Larson landing small rabbit punches from the crucifix, switches to a kimura attempt, then back to the crucifix where he lands a few elbows. Larson goes for the kimura again. Larson ends up on top after a scramble and Apple goes for a kneebar. Larson escapes and ends up on top in half guard. Apple goes for a heel hook, they roll, and Larson gives him a few kicks in the back to try to get free just before the bell. ProMMANow.com scores the round 10-9 for Larson.
Round 2 – Leg kick from Apple. Body kick from Larson, then shoots and gets a double leg. Larson on top in half guard. Larson gets full mount and Apple gives up his back. Larson flattens him out and locks on a body triangle, looking for the choke. Larson rains down punches as Apple tries to cover up. Apple turns and Larson mounts with a triangle, attempts an armbar, then triangle and Apple taps out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ryan Larson def. Erik Apple by submission (triangle choke) Rd. 2 (3:14)
Ryan Couture vs. Lee Higgins
Round 1 – Leg kick from Couture. Again. Using a jab. Leg kick again. Another leg kick from Couture. Another leg kick from Couture and again. Body kick. Left jab from Higgins scores. Side kick from Couture as he switches to south paw. Combo from Higgins mostly misses. Body kick from Couture. Nice right, leg kick combo from Couture. Couture moves in and out with his strikes, looking good. Higgins swings hard and Couture counters. A few boos from the crowd. Two big leg kicks from Couture that knock Higgins off balance. Leg kick from Couture. Body kick from Couture, Higgins grabs the leg and Couture drops him with a punch. Couture is on top as Higgins grabs a leg. Couture gets the advantage on the ground, locks on a D’arce, twists it but Higgins is saved by the bell. ProMMAnow.com gives the round to Couture 10-9.
Round 2 – Randy is in Ryan’s corner. Big leg kick from Couture. Again. Higgins rushes in swinging and Couture ties him up. Elbow from Higgins. Knee to the body from Couture, then a punch but Higgins fires back and lands a nice punch. They separate and square up. Leg kick from Couture. Nice left from Couture, and a leg kick. Body punch from Couture. Leg kick. Clinch. Knee to the head, collar tie and he drops Higgins with a right hand but Higgins bounces right up, but Couture takes him right down and gets full mount. Couture locks on an arm triangle and Higgins defends well but Couture takes his back with hooks in. Higgins defending well, controlling one hand. Couture with a body triangle. 45 seconds left. Couture with punches to the body and face from the back. Body shots from Couture, then to the face as the time runs out. Big round for Couture 10-9.
Round 3 – Higgins shoots, stuffed. Knees from Couture from the clinch. Higgins with a knee to the body and another, another. And Couture fires one back. Higgins changes levels, grabs a single, double. Couture defends it well, and separates and squares up. They exchange punches. Body kick from Couture. Collar tie and knee from Couture and Higgins fires a punch. Body kick from Couture. Kick, punch from Couture and Higgins lands a right. Higgins ties Couture up but Couture breaks free and gets a takedown. Higgins turtles and Couture takes his back with one hook in. 1:45 left in the fight. Couture gets an arm under the chin even though Higgins holds on to one hand, he pulls it tight but can’t get it because Higgins had control of the one hand. Couture goes for it again, and again, he pulls it tight, tight and finally Higgins taps out. A beautiful win for the young upstart.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Ryan Couture def. Lee Higgins by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd. 3 (4:41)
Bryan Travers vs. Carlo Prater
Round 1 – Prater with a hook, a leg kick, then gets a takedown, locks on a D’arce, the roll over, hooks his leg. Travers tries to tap but can’t move his hand. Ref stops it and Travers is asleep. Wow! Very fast.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Carlo Prater def. Bryan Travers by submission (Anaconda Choke) Rd. 1 (:38)
Lyle Beerbohm vs. Pat Healy
Round 1 – Head kick then a shot by Beerbohm but Healy stops the takedown. Beerbohm relentless, pressing Healy into the cage, rabbit punches from Beerbohm from the clinch as he presses Healy into the cage. They square up. Big leg kick from Beerbohm and Healy puts him on his back but Beerbohm gets to his knees, grabs a leg and gets to his feet, presses Healy to the cage. Beerbohm drops levels, picks Healy up high and slams him. Healy gets up, clinched. They exchange punches off the break, they clinch again. Beerbohm being relentless with his grappling attack. He takes Healy’s back from a standing position. He slides off, looking for a standing kimura but Healy gets free and grabs a body lock from the back. He picks Beerbohm up just a little tries to put him down. They square up again and exchange shots before the bell. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Beerbohm.
Round 2 – Several jabs from Healy and Beerbohm shoots, pressing Healy to the cage. Beerbohm drops levels, grabs a double and Healy lands some hammerfists as Beerbohm continues to try and get him down. Healy defends well, back standing now and its a stand up grappling war. Knees from both guys. Beerbohm goes for a type of fireman’s carry, Healy tries to turn it into a submission but Beerbohm drives forward and gets back to his feet. Beerbohm with a Clay Guida-esque type game plan. Uppercut from Beerbohm and Healy lands a couple good shots as they stand and trade shots. Inverted triangle choke attempt as Healy ties Beerbohm in a pretzel. Healy locks on a keylock, lets it go, lands some punches before the bell. Very close round. ProMMAnow.com scores that round for Healy 10-9.
Round 3 – This is a very competitive fight. Nice jabe from Healy and Beerbohm lands a nice shot in return. Healy goes for a takedown but Beerbohm escapes, throws a high kick. Healy working the jab, grabs a collar tie, lets it go and lands a few punches against the cage. Healy scoops Beerbohm to the ground and is looking for the choke, he has Beerbohm’s hand trapped between his leg, Beerbohmn escapes and immediately takes Healy’s back. Beerbohm threatening with submissions now. Beerbohm on top in half guard, passes to side control looks for a quick arm triangle, lets it go and gets on top where it turns into a scramble. Healy gets a reversal, rolling kneebar attempt and takes Beerbohm’s back. Beerbohm escapes and puts Healy on his back, he gets to his knees though. They stand up, triple jab from Healy. Beerbohm shoots, Healy stuffs it and they swing away as the round goes down. Very close fight. ProMMAnow.com scores the round for Healy 10-9 and the fight for Healy 29-28.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Pat Healy def. Lyle Beerbohm by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd. 3 (5:00)