The Strikeforce Challengers series is back on Showtime TONIGHT (Feb. 18, 2011) from the Cedar Park Center in Austin, Texas, with "Beerbohm vs. Healy" airing live via the premium cable network beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
Strikeforce Challengers 14: "Beerbohm vs. Healy" will feature undefeated lightweight title contender Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm taking on well-rounded veteran Pat "Bam Bam" Healy in the main event of the evening.
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, round-by-round coverage of the event, beginning with the Showtime telecast at 11 p.m. ET.
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Strikeforce Challengers 14 results and live play-by-play after the jump.
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 14 QUICK RESULTS:
Pat Healy defeats Lyle Beerbohm via Unanimous Decision
Carlo Prater defeats Bryan Travers via Submission (Darce Choke) Round 1
Ryan Couture defeats Lee Higgins via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3
Ryan Larson defeats Erik Apple via Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 2
David Douglas defeats Nick Gonzalez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Aaron Lan Franco defeats Thomas Diagne via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Drew Pendleton defeats Dennis Dombrow via Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 2
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 14 PLAY-BY-PLAY LIVE MAIN CARD COMMENTARY:
155 lbs: Lyle Beerbohm vs. Pat Healy
Round one: Beerbohm comes out quick with a head kick and goes right for a double leg take down, but Healy sprawls out. Beerbohm working hard for the take down, but Healy gains his composure and their tied up against the cage. Night left on the break from Beerbohm. Healy catches a kick and gets the take down. Healy now in north-south position. Beerbohm powers his way back up to his feet and puts Healy's back against the cage. Nice uppercut's in the clinch from Beerbohm. Beerbohm now going for a take down and lifts Healy up over his shoulder and slams Healy!!! Healy right back to his feet and still has his back against the cage. Beerbohm unloads some good strikes. Nice counter left from Healy. Beerbohm with a brief take down, but Healy right back up to his feet. Nice knee to the stomach from Healy. Beerbohm jumps onto Healy's back while standing!! Healy shrugs him off and now Healy has Beerbohm's back and is going for the take down. Healy has the back of Beerbohm on the mat. Beerbohm scrambles his way to the feet. Thats the bell, great grappling action very competitive round. But id lean towards Beerbohm he was the busier man and in the dominant position for most of the round. 10-9 Beerbohm.
Round two: Jab from Healy. Double jab from Healy. Beerbohm drops down for a double leg. Healy with his back against the cage. Take down from Beerbohm now Healy looking for a switch. Healy up to his feet now and Beerbohm looking to hop on the back. Knee's to the stomach from Healy. Beerbohm lands a couple lefts and puts Healy against the cage again. Beerbohm goes for a take down and Healy has a triangle almost locked in! Beerbohm slips out and Healy is back to the feet. Beerbohm shoots and Healy sprawls. Nice knee to the stomach from Healy and counter uppercut from Beerbohm. Beerbohm gets a brief take down but Healy is back up. Healy lands a good left right uppercut combo. Beerbohm drops for a take down again. Healy now looking for a inverted triangle choke!! Healy has it in tight! Healy now looking for a kimura!!! Now Healy just pounding away with powerful body shots!!! Thats the round, Healy stole that round late and almost finished the fight. 10-9 Healy.
Round three: Good hard jab from Healy, counter left from Beerbohm. Good right from Healy. Healy now going for a single leg. Beerbohm slips out. High kick from Beerbohm blocked. Jab from Healy. Leg kick from Beerbohm. Healy ducks under a right and lands some good knees from the clinch. Now both men throwing some wild shots, and Healy is going for the take down again. Healy with a big take down. Healy going for the back now. Healy looking for a rear naked choke now! Beerbohm rolls out!!! Now Beerbohm is on Healy's back!!! Both men rolling around and major scrambles are going on. Beerbohm right into side control now!! Healy looking to get out. Healy to butterfly guard. Now Healy reverses position and flips Beerbohm over!! Healy going for a rear naked now! Beerbohm slips out again!! These guys are non stop. Now their back to the feet. Good triple jab from Healy. Healy with a good left hook and Beerbohm shoots and Healy sprawls out. Healy landing some blows at the bell and thats the fight. Wow that was a non stop grappling match and this is a close close fight. Ill lean 10-9 Healy. It could go either way.
Final result: Pat Healy defeats Lyle Beerbohm via Unanimous Decision
160 lbs: Carlo Prater vs. Bryan Travers
Round one: Travers with a good right out of the gate. Prater with a good left and then a take down. Prater looking for a Darce choke. Prater has it in DEEP and Travers is OUT COLD!!!! That was an insane finish, and Travers is out stiff on the mat. Carlo Prater just made a statement. Impressive win.
Final result: Carlo Prater defeats Bryan Travers via Submission (Darce Choke) Round 1
155 lbs: Ryan Couture vs. Lee Higgins
Round one: Inside leg kick from Couture. Double jab from Couture. Leg kick from Couture. Leg kick from Couture. Nice hard body kick from Couture and Higgins looks gun shy. Higgins now unleashes a wild punch but nothing there. Nice body kick from Couture. Hard jab from Couture. Good right and leg kick combo from Couture who keeps switching to southpaw and is frustrating Higgins with it. Combo from Couture. Body kick from Couture. Couture is moving well on his feet, but the crowd is getting a little restless. Good leg kicks from Couture. Leg kick from Couture and he is being very patient at this point and is not letting the crowd get to him. Good hard body kick from Couture and Higgins catches it and lands a good right but now Couture takes Higgins down! Couture going for a guillotine now but Higgins slips out. Couture now going for a darce choke!!! Higgins is turning red!! The bell saves Higgins! Wow that fight was over, but Higgins survives for another round. 10-9 Couture.
Round two: Higgins will really need to change things up cause he has not done much to this point. Leg kick from Couture. Higgins charges forward looking to tie up Couture. Now their tied up against the cage with Couture in the dominant position. Good knee from Couture and a right on the break. Good counter left from Higgins. Leg kick from Couture. Another leg kick from Couture. Now they tie up again in the center of the cage and Couture lands a good knee, and now Couture lands a HUGE right and drops Higgins!!! Higgins pops up, and Couture gets the take down and is in side control and then passes right into full mount!!! Higgins is in trouble! Couture looking for the arm triangle choke. Now Couture jumps on the back and he has both hooks in!! Good hand control from Higgins, but he is in a bad spot. Tight body triangle from Couture. Now he is landing some good punches from behind. Hard body shots from Couture now. HUGE punches from Couture from behind to end the round. Couture once again dominated that round bell to bell. 10-9 Couture.
Round three: Higgins needs a stoppage here in the 3rd. Higgins goes for a take down and Couture ties him up right away and puts his back against the cage. Couture with knees to the body. Higgins with a couple knees of his own. Higgins now drops down for a double leg take down. Couture with good defense. Couture lands a good right and gets Higgins to back off. Body kick from Couture. Couture with a mui thai clinch and knee. Good body kick from Couture. Right from Couture and Higgins with a counter right. Higgins capitalizes on a Couture mistake and has the back. Couture gets out and now gets a big take down. Couture jumps on the back and gets one hook in. Now Couture locks in the rear naked choke and it is in DEEP!! Higgins somehow slips out! Wow that looked like it was the end of this fight. Couture right back to work and locks in another rear naked choke. It is in DEEP and that is it!!! Higgins taps with 30 seconds left in the 3rd round! Wow, Couture looked amazing tonight he was very fundamentally sound and landed some good strikes on the feet. This kid is more than just a name.
Final result: Ryan Couture defeats Lee Higgins via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3
170 lbs: Erik Apple vs. Ryan Larson
Round one: Apple the aggressor early. Nice one two from Apple. Inside leg kick from Larson. Body kick from Apple. Larson looks for a take down, but Apple bullies him against the cage. Larson crafty and lands a thai knee. Head kick from Larson. Now Larson lands a take down and passes into side control right away. Crucifix position from Larson now and Apple is in trouble. Larson trying to land some good blows but nothing of significance is landing at this point. Larson looking for a kimura now. Back into the crucifix position for Larson and Apple doesnt seem to have an answer on the mat right now. Larson again going for the kimura. Hammer fists from Larson and he is in half guard now. Apple now going for a heel hook! Larson wiggles out. Apple again going for the heel hook and this time it is deep!! Larson will survive though. Good 1st round, but Larson was in dominant position. 10-9 Larson.
Round two: Apple needs to come out striking. Good kick from Apple. Larson misses a knee. Larson with an easy take down. Larson now looking to pass. Apple needs to make something happen off his back. Apple throwing up legs, but now Larson with the full mount!! Apple gives up his back right away, Larson looking patient. Larson with some good punches. Body triangle locked up by Larson. Larson now throwing some good punches from the top and Apple is just covering up. Larson being patient and just making sure he keeps position. Apple tries to slip out and now Larson has a triangle choke locked up and thats it!!! Larson with a dominant win and finishes it off with a very slick submission.
Final Result: Ryan Larson defeats Erik Apple via Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 2
150 lbs: Nick Gonzalez vs. David Douglas
Round one: Douglas misses a jab. Douglas jumps forward with wild punches and lands a few. Douglas lands a HUGE left and Gonzalez is hurt BAD!!! Douglas is on top and he is pounding away with BOMBS. Gonzalez is covering up and trying to survive, but Douglas locks in a rear naked choke and it is over!!! WOW, Douglas with a beatdown to say the least.
Final Result: David Douglas defeats Nick Gonzalez via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1