From prison to Showtime, Lyle Beerbohm has come a long way

Just two short years ago 30-year-old Lyle Beerbohm (9-0) was sitting in a Walla Walla State Prison cell.  On June 19, 2009, Beerbohm, now a successful professional mixed martial artist will be fighting in front of millions of people on Showtime as he takes on Duane “Bang” Ludwig (18-8) at the Strikeforce Challengers event in Kent, Washington.

Beerbohm is proof people can change. The story goes that while serving an 18-month prison sentence, he saw an episode of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV, “When I was sitting in prison and watching The Ultimate Fighter show I was like ‘Are you serious? Those guys are on TV, making money?’ I knew I could take those guys so, right then and there, I made up my mind and haven’t looked back since.”

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Strikeforce Challenger ends in controversy – fighter comments and photos

Mike Aina kneed in the head??
Mike Aina kneed in the head??

Friday night’s Strikeforce Challenger event suffered an anticlimactic main event ending when the previously undefeated Billy Evangelista was disqualified for “intentionally” kneeing Mike Aina in the head while the Hilo fighter still had a knee on the ground. Aina was rewarded a “TKO” victory at 3:42 of round two in the lightweight match-up.

Neither fighter left the Save Mart Center in Fresno satisfied with the result. “I feel bad at what happened, but I am definitely planning to protest. Nothing I did was on purpose. I thought I had timed the knee perfectly and that he was on his feet when it was delivered,’’ said Evangelista after the fight.

Although Aina received the victory due to disqualification he took no pride in the win, “No one likes a fight to finish this way. I don’t look at it as a win for me, and he should not look at it as a loss for him. It should have been a no contest.’’

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