Strikeforce: Lyle Beerbohm vs Shinya Aoki possible for April 9 in San Diego


Who has the fanciest pants in all of mixed martial arts?

We may soon find out.

Despite a convincing unanimous decision loss to Pat Healy at last month's "Challengers" event, Lyle Beerbohm is getting a step up in competition when he faces Shinya Aoki at the upcoming Strikeforce: "Diaz vs. Daley" event on April 9 in San Diego, California.

MMA Japan brought word of the pending match-up over the weekend.

Beerbohm (15-1) was recently outworked by "Bam Bam" on Feb. 18 in Austin, Texas, in a chess match of grappling and striking that pushed the Spokane native to the judge's cards for just the third time in his stellar career.

He's long clamored for a fight with the big dogs -- but is he biting off more than he can chew?

Aoki (26-5) was knocked stupid by Yuichiro Nagashima in a K-1/MMA mixed rules bout at Dynamite!! 2010 back on New Year's Eve, his first defeat since a unanimous decision to Gilbert Melendez in "Nashville" last April.

Sandwiched between those two losses for "The Tobikan Judan" was a three-fight winning streak that included submission wins over Tatsuya Kawajiri and Yokthai Sithoar.

Will Beerbohm become tapout victim number 17 in San Diego?

Strikeforce: "Diaz vs. Daley" will reportedly feature Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz putting his strap on the line against British knockout specialist Paul Daley while Gilbert Melendez defends his 155-pound belt against the venerable Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Stay tuned to for more updates to this still-developing fight card.

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