Despite a low, defensive stance, Aoki was able to take Beerbohm down early. Beerbohm had no takedown defense. Aoki then followed with a rear naked choke, switching it to a neck crank. After throwing a body triangle, he cranked Beerbohm’s neck until he tapped at 1:33 in the first round.
Aoki, one of two Japanese fighters on Strikeforce’s main card, was emotional as his name was announced as the winner. Because of the devastating events in Japan and training for his fight, Aoki has still not met his newborn child. He now gets to go home a winner on a four-fight win streak.
Beerbohm has lost his second bout in a row. He dropped a decision to Pat Healy in February and now has a record of 15-2.